(EBOOK) [A Night Divided]
This book was chosen for my neighborhood s book club pick and honestly I was a little wary about it thinking that it might be a little childish since it is shelved as Juvenile or Middle Grade Fiction I have read many of these books often with my children and they often tend to be a watered down version of what you might have expected or some of them tend to be too silly for my liking However I ended up really liking this book Historical Fiction is a favorite of mine and although it took me a little while to et into the story I felt like the author did a Lion great job of keeping me hooked As the story and the suspense of what would end up happening to the family built I did not want to put the book down until it was done This book is perfect for younger readers in that it does not contain anything too violent or crude and that it teaches about the history of the Berlin Wall I also thought it wasreat for me as an adult Definitely recommended to anyone who likes Historical Fiction and I have already passed it over to my 13 year old son who needs to read some Historical Fiction for school He has read several of Jennifer Nielsen s other books so I m hopeful he ll enjoy this one as well I may have to check into some of her other books now is trying futilely not to hyperventilate WHAT JUST HAPPENED I seriously think I m How to Find Your Spirit Animal going to need a new heart because mine about wore itself to death with all that suspense This book doesn t stop Not for a second From the very first page I was sucked into the bleak hard world of East Berlin where even thinking is a crime Still even with all that intensity Jennifer Nielsen somehow managed to shape her characters all of them into people who popped off the page All right I feel the need for a listrins Lovely Things The family dynamics CAN I GET AN AMEN How many YA books do you see that are focused on families To say this is a forgotten area would be a ross understatement I absolutely adored Gerta and Fritz and their family Their love loyalty and devotion to each other is evident throughout the entire book They re a real honest family not perfect but what family is The writing As usual Jennifer blew my socks off with her writing I m still doing Camp NaNo soooooit was hard not to compare my writing to hers and cringe XD She has such an engaging natural writing style that I adore ALL THE THEMES Freedom Courage Sacrifice Love It s all in here The setting Okay admittedly this was NOT a ood time period for Germany But all the research that went into creating this heartbreakingly realistic picture of East Berlin was amazing It makes me want to read about the Berlin Wall The action MY GOODNESS Justhow The action never stopped the entire time and now I m just sitting here panting because wow I feel like I just ran from the Stasi myself Not So Lovely Things The ending It seemed pretty rushed but just ran from the Stasi myself Not So Lovely Things The ending It seemed pretty rushed but didn t detract much at all from my enjoyment of the book Ermnothing else The book is sueaky clean with the violence at a minimum although it s pretty dark for a lot of younger readers I didn t personally mind in fact I rather thought the darkness was necessary to make the light shine brighter overallEven if you don t like historical fiction GO READ THIS BOOK It blew my mind oes off to recommend it to everyone and their pet lizard5 stars Truth be told I started
Jennifer A Nielsen s Berlin Wall escape novel Night Divided when I first put it on my to read list in early 2016 and in fact I read it in one day However I never actually ot around to declaring it as read and posting my review mostly because I was unsure about how I should proceed with reviewing and rating A Night Divided For yes while I as someone who was born in West Germany in 1966 and thus rew up until my family immigrated to Canada in 1976 in the shadow of the Berlin Wall and with the full knowledge that Germany was a divided country and people I was happy to encounter a Middle Grade novel about the Berlin Wall and one which clearly demonstrated how said wall and in fact the entire EastWest German internal border cruelly separated families friends and certainly made East Germany into a huge prison camp in many ways and was also uite pleasantly surprised that Jennifer A Nielsen totally seems to have understood the horror of family separation that Gerta and her family experience when the father and brother Dominic are in the Western section of family separation that Gerta and her family experience when the father and brother Dominic are in the Western section of visiting looking for work on the night when the Berlin Wall is being constructed and thus come morning they can of course not et back to their home in the Eastern section and the mother Gerta and Fritz can eually no longer o and meet with the father and Dominic in West Berlin there were still too many niggling little problems or at least potential issues that I encountered in A Night Divided for me to unilaterally praise and sing the novel s accolades but yes I was feeling a bit uilty about this and therefore I just kept procrastinating with regard to posting a review for A Night Divided something that I am now Fragments of Utopia going to remedy even if my review might indeed be a trifle negative and critical Now one of my main issues if not actually the main issue with A Night Divided is that I on both a personal and emotional level just cannot really see the vast majority of Jennifer A Nielsen s featured characters as all that authentically. From NYT bestselling author Jennifer A Nielsen comes a stunning thriller about airl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and westWith the rise of the Berlin Wall twelve year old Gerta finds her family suddenly divided She her mother and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side controlled by the Soviets Her father and middle brothe.
READING JENNIFER A NIELSEN S BERLIN WALL ESCAPE NOVEL
Jennifer A. Nielsen ¿ 5 Read & DownloadRkness descends a fence is erected enclosing your home neighbors and half of the city From the next morning forward part of your family is on one side of the fence uneuivocally separated from youAlmost incomprehensible yet this isn t the beginning of a dystopian saga A Night Divided is a heart breakingly honest retelling of a monumental event experienced by the citizens of Berlin merely fifty four years ago Certainly most people know of The Berlin Wall albeit in a vague didn t I hear about that coming down David Hosselhoff or something kind of way That really doesn t seem Rebel good enough In her remarkably ingenious way Ms Nielsen took trueovernment oppression and resilient determined traits of the people to Dreyd (The Way of Thorn and Thunder, give us vibrant characters againstray dismal lives With unprecedented freedom to speak within the pages of this compelling tome courageous captivating yet ordinary every day folks tell their story in a way that will affect everyone Introduced as a spunky outspoken little Fifty Famous People girl Gertarows exponentially as she relays her years behind the wall in an admirably confident voice Innocently and only initially Gerta watched invasive actions of the police against many of her East Berlin brethren She puzzled as to why the adults just stood alongside her also only watching Frustration and anger uickly overtook her benign curiosityBonding with her beloved older brother repeatedly witnessing stark harsh rief as time and again former friends were killed in escape attempts Gerta learned And she accepted There was only one person that could initiate change and there was only one person that she could absolutely wholly and completely trust She had only herself With that resolution Gerta springs into a fast paced harrowing and ripping mission that takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride of feelsAs this young Tekme Tokatlı Şehir Rehberi girl doggedly follows her heart her spirit and hope spread to touch others with varying and surprising effects More than one family s story or even one city s story A Night Divided is about true friendships kindnessenerosity sacrifices and regrets Of course Ms Nielsen wrote it so it also stands that A Night Divided is just an outstanding enthralling fun read for Middle Graders High Schoolers Young Adults as well as Not So Young Adults This review was written for Buried Under Books by jv poore There was no warning the night the wall went upI awoke to sirens screaming throughout my city of East Berlin Instantly I flew from my bed Something must be terribly wrong Why were there so many The fence was only the beginning It had just divided my life in half And nothing would ever be the same again I figured it out during reading time that afternoon forty five minutes in which I could not recall a single word I d read It came down to the mistake Papa had made in his performance Where he should have changed from a shovel to a rake he only kept digging And that was the end of his danceHe was diggingPapa wanted me To DigBut Why I Didn T Know digBut why I didn t know was Miss Nielsen s first attempt at historical fiction till after but you wouldn t know it from the way it is written She shines here writing how one family is affected after the Berlin Wall is
up with half of their number trapped in the WestThis is less a period sort of piece than is focusing on the closeness of Gerta s family and how she her brother Fritz and their mother deal with being stuck in an evironment that is very controlling and strict Scary as well anyone could be a spy for the The Path of the Fallen government or be desperate enough to turn someone in to save their familyget special favors anythingI loved how Gerta didn tive up even when she was scared and frustrated she didn t let herself be dragged down or paralyzed by it She pushed on and did the best she could Fritz impressed me as well for the same reasons and also how protective he was over his familyEven when a certain something happened he wasn t down for longOne of my favorite moments before the family was separated was when view spoilerGerta s father sang and danced the bed time song for her such a sweet moment hide spoiler This was a very uick read but a wonderful middle school recommendation This follows a young The Training Estate girl on the wrong side of the Berlin Wall It s a courageous story that will remind all to be thankful for our freedom A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielsen is a must read for fans of the author s previous works middlerade historical fiction and an interest in the Berlin Wall Although this story is set in the 1960s it still manages to come across as a very timely piece historical fiction novel featuring a twelve year old Capital Misfits girl trying to escape to the West after her family has been divided by the Berlin Wall Then again the story really focuses on what it means to be a family and how to survive dark times I really liked Gerta and her brother Fitz both are very brave and protective of their family The only thing that really bothered me was with the audiobook production the Stasi agentset thick German accents whereas Gerta and her family et standard American accents Either way I highly recommend this tense middle rade historical fiction novel featuring a family separated by the Berlin Wall in the 1960s Nielsen is as fantastic at writing historical fiction as she is enthralling epic fantasy and I can t wait to read The Mark of the Thief and The Scourg. Her on a viewing platform on the western side pantomiming a peculiar dance Then when she receives a mysterious drawing Gerta puts two and two together and concludes that her father wants Gerta and Fritz to tunnel beneath the wall out of East Berlin However if they are caught the conseuences will be deadly No one can be trusted Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom. East German in their behaviour and with their actions that they feel like I am reading about individuals about persons with distinctly North American attitudes and philosophies and simply covered with a thin veneer of German names In other words that while I have found the family separation story and angle of A Night Divided emotionally heart breaking and also authentic enough the day to day lives of Gerta and her family even their encounters with STASI officials etc they often do not really feel to and for me as though I am actually reading a true and historically culturally authentic account of East Germany and East German life during the Berlin Wall period And yes this is made even painfully obvious with and by the fact that I do tend to find especially main character and narrator Gerta both rather majorly inauthentic as a twelve year old child and in my opinion also far too often acting like a political mouthpiece of Americanism that instead of A Night Divided really and truly with reality and Thirteen Days in September grace showing what East Germany was like during the Cold War the novel often simply feels like it is basically just criticising and condemning the GDR and the Soviet Union and well I would certainly want a bit of a sense of balance and seeing both sides of the story so to speakFurther it also seems from the acknowledgements listed at the back of A Night Divided that Jennifer E Nielsen obviously did not engage in all that much primary research on East Germany for A Night Divided except for making use of information and detailsleaned from a California based museum which I for one would actually consider rather second hand information on East Germany anyhow For sorry but in my humble opinion this type of one stop researching would of course not be in any manner the same as the author as Jennifer E Nielsen actually visiting Germany and German museums or even using museum websites etc based in Germany itself And uite frankly the author should really have tried to visit many different sites with varying points of view about East Germany East German life culture and politics to et a authentic and not so one sided a portrait as indeed while A Night Divided rightfully condemns East German propaganda and how the authorities thwarted and destroyed freedom and human rights I have actually also found there to be a layer of authorial American propaganda presented in A Night Divided with which I certainly have felt annoyingly uncomfortable and definitely like I am being a bit preached at Combined with the fact that much of A Night Divided has also tended to drag on and on until there suddenly is a total reversal and a typical of adventure stories classic chase scene with stereotypical villains a redeeming sacrifice and yes the final and obligatory happy ending for Gerta and her family which yes I do appreciate but probably would have liked much better if it had not been so on the surface and standardly adventure like thriller like I really have even with my appreciation that A Night "Divided has been written not really enjoyed the novel all that much on both a reading pleasure and an academic " has been written not really enjoyed the novel all that much on both a reading pleasure and an academic finding it entertaining and emotionally engaging enough on the surface but deep down much too one sided too artificial and not really all that descriptive as an authentic tale of East Germany Two and a half stars but yes I am rudgingly Grasping At Emptiness going to up the ranking to three stars as I do applaud Jennifer E Nielsen s effort with A Night Divided even though the end product does at least for me still leave uite a bit to be desired Individuality was a weakness a sickness of the west So we all walked in step eyes ahead and with conversations at a minimum We Jennifer A Nielsen A Night DividedI am solad to see a middle rade book written about this topic and timeframe It affords a real sense of what it was like for a German family in Berlin residing on the wrong side of the wall albeit its fictional characters It seems an underdiscus After reading the False Prince series by this author I wanted to try out another one of her books but I didn t know where to start Finally a friend s review convinced me to read it I m looking at you Mary Liz I was not disappointed by this book The vivid descriptions and amazing pictures of the division felt kept me hooked I could picture the wall so well in my head Gerta s character was very vivid along with so many of the supporting characters I loved her brother but he felt a little blank to me This book showed so much how much work freedom takes sometimes and that it s not free Also can I hear a halleluiah there was no romance in this book It s all about familyAnd that ending Wow Oo There were only two things I familyAnd that ending Wow Oo There were only two things I about the book 1 Gerta s lying I found it very sad how much she lied 2 The attitude towards God While Gerta seems to believe He s real she doesn t want to bother praying or saying she s sorry She even o s so far as to make her mom leave her Bible behind While both of things are what I would expect from a secular book they did lessen my enjoyment of the book Overall a ood book on the Berlin Wall being put up Favorite uote My only choice was between Communist ray and the Berlin Wall being put up Favorite uote My only choice was between Communist Embrace the Beast (Grizzly Rim gray andrayer I ll read anything and everything that Jennifer Nielsen writes Love her SOOOOO much Imagine a couple members of your family NQA go out of town for a night When da. R who hadone west in search of work cannot return home Gerta knows it is dangerous to watch the wall to think forbidden thoughts of freedom yet she can't help herself She sees the East German soldiers with their uns trained on their own citizens; she her family her neighbors and friends are prisoners in their own cityBut one day while on her way to school Gerta spots her fat. .put up with half of their number trapped in the WestThis is less a period sort of piece than