Night Divided

Night Divided

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From NYT bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen comes a stunning thriller about a girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west.

With 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 brother, who had gone 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 guns trained on their own citizens; she, her family, her neighbors and friends are prisoners in their own city.But one day, while on her way to school, Gerta spots her father 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 consequences will be deadly. No one can be trusted. Will Gerta and her family find their way to freedom?
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 144.78 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 408.23g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0545682428
  • 9780545682428
  • 152,512

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Praise for A Night Divided: ILA-CBC Children's Choices List selection[A]bsorbing and deeply suspenseful, with plenty of ticking-clock tension... an eye-opening glimpse of history. -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's BooksA marvelously crafted historical novel about courage, perseverance and the will to survive, A Night Divided excels in every regard. -- The Reading EagleDistinct supporting characters... demonstrate the harrowing choices people made to survive, encouraging readers to consider what they would have done if fate and history had cast them into the story.... The novel's strong setting and tense climax will keep readers engrossed and holding their breath until the last page. -- School Library JournalHistory buffs will drool over the magnificently told tale, but even reluctant readers will become immersed in the tension-filled exploits. -- VOYAPraise for Mark of the Thief: *The fast-paced, ingenious plot, charismatic hero and highly diverse cast of characters... make this series opener a captivating joy ride. -- Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewVivid... [with] page-turning twists. -- Publishers WeeklyPraise for Rise of the Wolf: Fast-moving fun with broad audience appeal, especially recommended for reluctant readers, Rick Riordan fans, and pedal-to-the-metal adventure aficionados. -- Kirkus ReviewsThe novel's Roman mythology connections...will have great appeal for fans of Rick Riordan. Heavily plot-driven with a movie-script feel. -- BooklistPraise for the Ascendance TrilogyA New York Times Notable Children's BookA Publishers Weekly Best Book of the YearA Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Children's BookA Cybils Award WinnerA page-turner. -- The New York Times Book ReviewSage proves to be a compelling character whose sharp mind and shrewd self-possession will make readers eager to follow him into a sequel. -- Wall Street JournalA swashbuckling origin story . . . chock-full of alluring details for adventure-loving boys. -- Los Angeles Times*An impressive, promising story. -- Publishers Weekly, starred reviewA fast-paced and thrilling read with twists and turns that never let up. -- School Library JournalGripping. -- Kirkus ReviewsShould appeal to fans of . . . Suzanne Collins. . . . A sure-fire mix of adventure, mystery, and suspense. -- The Horn Book
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About A Jennifer Nielsen

Jennifer A. Nielsen is the acclaimed author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Ascendance Series: The False Prince, The Runaway King, The Shadow Throne, The Captive Kingdom, andThe Shattered Castle. She also wrote the New York Times bestseller The Traitor's Game and its sequels, The Deceiver's Heart, and The Warrior's Curse; the New York Times bestselling Mark of the Thief trilogy: Mark of the Thief, Rise of the Wolf, and Wrath of the Storm; the standalone fantasy The Scourge; and the critically acclaimed historical thrillers A Night Divided, Resistance, Words on Fire, and Rescue. Jennifer collects old books, loves good theater, and thinks that a quiet afternoon in the mountains makes for a nearly perfect moment. She lives in northern Utah with her family, and is probably sneaking in a bite of dark chocolate right now. You can visit her online at jennielsen.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @nielsenwriter.
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Rating details

27,898 ratings
4.32 out of 5 stars
5 49% (13,709)
4 37% (10,363)
3 11% (3,085)
2 2% (502)
1 1% (239)
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