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Nielsen, Jennifer.
New York : Scholastic, 2015
IL 3-6, RL 4.7

(2 booktalks)

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Bppktalk #1

The year- 1961

The month – August

The place- Germany

Almost overnight, The Berlin Wall was erected and families were divided. Fast forward four years and meet 12 year old Gerta Lowe. Gerta’s family has been separated during this spance of time. Her father and older brother were stuck in West Berlin, while she remained in East Berlin with her mother and younger brother.  One morning at the market Gerta sees her father on the other side of the wall performing a strange dance. Through dance, Gerta’s father sends a message. Though it takes time for Gerta to decode the meaning, she finally realizes he is telling her to escape. Gerta processes what this means and realizes the danger it posses for the family. Many have died trying to escape. Her desire to reunite her family is strong and her determination is unyielding.  Follow Gerta as she plans her dangerous journey. How can a 12 year old escape soldiers, machine guns and tanks? How can she expect her mother and brother to join on this life threatening mission? Can Gerta succeed where many have failed? Read this heart stopping account of a child’s determination to bring her family together.
(Booktalk by Great Stone Face Award Committee, 2017)

Booktalk #2

Twelve-year-old, Gerta’s life changes in a flash when her family is divided by the rise of the Berlin Wall. When Gerta’s father and brother spend the day in West Germany they become permanently separated from the rest of the family. One day on her way to school, Gerta thinks she sees her father on the other side of the wall sending her a coded message. Does Gerta have the strength to plan an escape from East Germany and reunite her family? Full of spine tingling suspense this story will have you on the edge of your seat. Will Gerta and her family escape East Germany and reunite with her father and brother in the west? (Vermont DCF Book Award 2017)

SUBJECTS:   Berlin (Germany) -- History -- 1945-1990 -- Fiction.
                        Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989 -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Germany (East) -- Fiction.
                        Family life -- Germany -- Berlin -- Fiction.
                        Germany (East) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.

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