A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen

By Jennifer A. Nielsen

From New York Times bestselling writer Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a gorgeous mystery a few woman who needs to break out to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family members among east and west.

With the increase of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta unearths her kinfolk all at once divided. She, her mom, and her brother Fritz live to tell the tale the japanese facet, managed via the Soviets. Her father and center brother, who had long past west looking for paintings, can't go back domestic. Gerta understands it really is risky to monitor the wall, to imagine forbidden suggestions of freedom, but she can't support herself. She sees the East German squaddies with their weapons knowledgeable all alone voters; she, her kin, her friends and neighbors are prisoners of their personal city.

But at some point, whereas on her solution to tuition, Gerta spots her father on a viewing platform at the western facet, pantomiming a unusual dance. Then, while she gets a mysterious drawing, Gerta places and jointly and concludes that her father desires Gerta and Fritz to tunnel underneath the wall, out of East Berlin. in spite of the fact that, in the event that they are stuck, the results might be lethal. not anyone might be depended on. Will Gerta and her kin locate their method to freedom?

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In the distance, I see the lights of another district. 7? 10? I don’t know. I think about the people in their houses, settling in for bed. I imagine my home, with its shutters drawn tight. What are they doing now, my mother and Prim? Were they able to eat supper? The fish stew and the strawberries? Or did it lay untouched on their plates? Did they watch the recap of the day’s events on the battered old TV that sits on the table against the wall? Surely, there were more tears. Is my mother holding up, being strong for Prim?

39 “Listen,” he says. “Getting a knife should be pretty easy, but you’ve got to get your hands on a bow. ” “They don’t always have bows,” I say, thinking of the year there were only horrible spiked maces that the tributes had to bludgeon one another to death with. “Then make one,” says Gale. ” I have tried copying my father’s bows with poor results. It’s not that easy. Even he had to scrap his own work sometimes. “I don’t even know if there’ll be wood,” I say. Another year, they tossed everybody into a landscape of nothing but boulders and sand and scruffy bushes.

Somehow it all comes back to coal at school. Besides basic reading and math most of our instruction is coal-related. Except for the weekly lecture on the history of Panem. It’s mostly a lot of blather about what we owe the Capitol. I know there must be more than they’re telling us, an actual account of what happened during the rebellion. But I don’t spend much 42 time thinking about it. Whatever the truth is, I don’t see how it will help me get food on the table. The tribute train is fancier than even the room in the Justice Building.

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