A Night Divided

A Night Divided

Jennifer A. Nielsen / Sep 20, 2019

A Night Divided 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 Ber

  • Title: A Night Divided
  • Author: Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • ISBN: A Night Divided
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    B00SZIBP6C
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  • Page: 237
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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 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 357 pages Published August 25th 2015 by Inc More Details Original Title A Night Divided ASIN B00SZIBP6C Edition Language English setting East Berlin Germany Literary Awards Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee 2017 , Dorothy Canfield Fisher Childrens Book Award Nominee 2017 , California Young 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Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Oct 22, 2017 JonathanT rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves his fic Read this review on my blog So APPARENTLY I ve had this book on my tbr shelf for a year CLEARLY THIS IS A CRIME Once I finally picked it up, I easily devoured it in about a day It s one of those books that just happens You start reading it, and suddenly it s four hours later and you have 57 things to do and you ve done NONE OF THEM So approach this book at your own risk xD I m thinking a list review would work well here because list reviews are easier to write and I still have those 57 Read this review on my blog So APPARENTLY I ve had this book on my tbr shelf for a year CLEARLY THIS IS A CRIME Once I finally picked it up, I easily devoured it in about a day It s one of those books that just happens You start reading it, and suddenly it s four hours later and you have 57 things to do and you ve done NONE OF THEM So approach this book at your own risk xD I m thinking a list review would work well here because list reviews are easier to write and I still have those 57 things to get done So LET S DO THIS POSITIVE ELEMENTS It s REALLY well plotted I figured out some of what was going to happen, but there was pleeentyyyy that caught me off guard Plus, the events of the plot gradually raise the stakes and consistently force the main characters into action, which makes for a super exciting story The way the characters related to each other is complex, and character relationships don t exist outside of the plot instead, they enhance the plot Gerta and Anna s complicated relationship fuels conflict when Gerta realizes she has to get into Anna s room Fritz s and Anna s relationship with their mother creates a lot of conflict as their solutions to their problems clash Fritz s relationship with Claudia, while never actually shown, helps to push Fritz over the edge of wanting to escape It s about FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS HALLELUJAH I especially liked how it focused on siblings Gerta Fritz It s not about romance AT ALL It s about the relationships between a family as they face danger together All the side characters were handled really well There quite a few, and the author did a great job of using them to add to the conflict and drive the story forward Even characters that never actually appeared in the story they were only mentioned helped create conflict for the main characters like Claudia and Oma Gertrude The character development and themes were really, really good Somehow this author wrote fairly generic themes like bravery, sacrifice, etc into a novel WITHOUT making it cliche AT ALL It s unique I ve never read a book quite like this one before Historical fiction set in this era seems to be fairly unusual, so this book has a lot to bring to the table Plus, it s completely clean, which can also be unusual for historical fiction unfortunately D LOTS AND LOTS OF HISTORICAL INFO I didn t know a whole lot about this era before I read this book, and I DEFINITELY didn t know what it was like to live in East Berlin during this time NEGATIVE ELEMENTS The book seemed to bring up Gerta s age too often It wasn t INCREDIBLY frequent, but it did keep coming up Plus, she s only supposed to be twelve, and she acts and thinks like someone who s closer to 15 Which DOES make sense, since her circumstances definitely do force her to grow up sooner than most, but the fact that the book brought up her age multiple times sorta threw me for a loop Fritz felt a little bland to me There wasn t very much about him that would distinguish him from any other almost 18 year old living in this time period The setting was a little skeletal When I say setting , I don t mean WHEN the story took place, I mean WHERE it took place I had a hard time visualizing most of the settings except for the Welcome Building IT WENT BY TOO FAST XDAll in all, I d 100% recommend this one It was well written, suspenseful, and had a great cast of characters If you like historical than you should DEFINITELY try this and even if you don t like historical, you should still try it XP flag 45 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Jan 25, 2016 Erica T rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves eaters readers bookclub, young adult, 2016 reads 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 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 get into the story I felt like the author did a 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 was great 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 flag 44 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jun 07, 2014 Bookworm007 marked it as aint anywhere or out review of another edition I ll read anything and everything that Jennifer Nielsen writes Love her SOOOOO much flag 28 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Apr 29, 2017 m a r y l i z rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites is trying futilely not to hyperventilate WHAT JUST HAPPENED I seriously think I m 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 n is trying futilely not to hyperventilate WHAT JUST HAPPENED I seriously think I m 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 list grins 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 gross 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 good 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 it didn t detract much at all from my enjoyment of the book Ermnothing else The book is squeaky 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 overall.Even if you don t like historical fiction, GO READ THIS BOOK It blew my mind goes off to recommend it to everyone and their pet lizard 5 stars flag 22 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Mar 09, 2016 TL rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommended to TL by her book false prince Shelves favorites There was no warning the night the wall went up.I 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 performa There was no warning the night the wall went up.I 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 dance.He was digging.Papa wanted me to dig.But why I didn t know this 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 put up, with half of their number trapped in the West.This is less a period sort of piece than it 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 government or be desperate enough to turn someone in to save their family,get special favors, anything.I loved how Gerta didn t give 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 family.Even when a certain something happened, he wasn t down for long.One of my favorite moments before the family was separated was when view spoiler Gerta s father sang and danced the bed time song for her such a sweet moment hide spoiler There many times I wanted to kick the Stasi and everyone connected to them in once case view spoiler Viktor, Fritz s former friend hide spoiler I felt sort of sorry for him but had a hard time having sympathy for him considering his actions.Also loved Gerta s friend Anna Certain times you aren t sure about certain things she does, but at a certain point you can understand why.There s tension in the story but for awhile its about them digging the tunnel and doing the best they can not to get caught not a spoiler, on the dust jacket and hiding from the officers when the need arises I was wringing my hands, silently praying they would get the tunnel done and get out to safety when view spoiler Officer Muller discovered them, my heart was pounding let out a big sigh of relief when he let them go, not hindering but not covering up for them either He turned out to be a not so bad guy in the end hide spoiler The tension rackets up near the end of the book, and I had to stop myself from reading too fast so I wouldn t miss anything The last couple did seem a bit rushed but the way it ended I didn t much too much.I would recommend, all school libraries and libraries in general should have this I will definitely be reading this to with my niece when she is older It would be a good way to start to dip into history for her flag 19 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jan 26, 2018 Scarlett Readz and Runz.Through Novel Time Distance rated it it was amazing review of another edition 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 so glad to see a middle grade 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 underdiscussed thematic that this book is shedding some awareness on Ask children toda 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 so glad to see a middle grade 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 underdiscussed thematic that this book is shedding some awareness on Ask children todayey may have heard about the Berlin Wall, but have not experienced it through a living book Unlike the abundance of choices about the American Revolution and the Civil War at hand Fear was the most powerful weapon possessed by the Stasi David Cook, British author Jennifer A Nielsen, A Night DividedGerta, her mother and brother wake up one morning with a wall outside of their apartment Gerta s older brother and father have just left Berlin two days prior for some business and won t have a way to get back to the family that happens to be on the East side of the wall now Shocked and desperate they try to recall the last times they had together as a family, and try to go on their way with life Oppressed by laws, food and material rations and the Stasi s guarding eyes, it feels choking to Gerta and her brother over time They have tried so hard to stay good, do right and be grateful But what could they do Their thoughts it seems are the only thing that cannot be touched and taken away from them, like everything else has Their dream of the West with all its splendor of food, jobs and colorful clothing becomes the strong thread to hold onto As does their desire to see their father and brother again some day I didn t want to be like them And at the same time, I was beginning to forget how to be different, how to be my own self It was the feeling of being swallowed up, and I hated it Jennifer A Nielsen, A Night DividedFriends turn on friends Neighbors spy on neighbors The bribes and stakes are high Some pay a deadly price being seen in the wrong place at the wrong time, or having been overheard speaking their mind to the wrong person Courage isn t knowing you can do something it s only being willing to try Jennifer A Nielsen, A Night DividedGerta s family has a record with the Stasi since her father has always been a freedom activist This is causing check ups on them and a bugged house as general tension seems to be rising in Berlin But Gerta is a courageous girl Without her mothers knowledge and against her brothers resistance, she is devising an escape plan But it requires a lot of work, a lot of deceiving and several strives with death as she finds herself questioned by Stasi at gunpoint If I don t stand for freedom, then I must sit in chains Jennifer A Nielsen, A Night DividedThis was a great book I have not given away any spoilers nor do you know if they make it or what plan she devised But I can tell you, that there are some intense moments towards the end that made my pulse race and my heart ache It is written in middle grade fashion and I admit, I am a whimp but it was really good There are so many details that I just could not put into this review that were essential to its ambiance and time that made the novel feel very real So, if you ever wondered what it was like, or like to shed a little light on this topic, give it a try It s like a fresh breeze of a read Just simply different and well written Enjoy flag 17 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Nov 30, 2017 Maddy rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves owned books wow wow wow flag 16 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 08, 2015 jv poore rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves buried under books, historical fiction, middle grade, own it arc, survival stories, social issues, war Imagine a couple members of your family go out of town for a night When darkness 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, unequivocally separated from you.Almost 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 Cer Imagine a couple members of your family go out of town for a night When darkness 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, unequivocally separated from you.Almost 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 good enough In her remarkably ingenious way, Ms Nielsen took true government oppression and resilient, determined traits of the people to give us vibrant characters against gray, 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 girl Gerta grows 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 quickly overtook her benign curiosity.Bonding with her beloved older brother, repeatedly witnessing stark, harsh grief 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 gripping mission that takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride of feels.As this young 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, kindness, generosity, 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 flag 15 likesLike see review Jul 27, 2018 Mikayla rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, four stars 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 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 family And that ending Wow O.o There were only two things I disliked 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 go 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 good book on the Berlin Wall being put up Favorite quote My only choice was between Communist gray, and Communists grayer flag 12 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Feb 22, 2017 Lauren Stoolfire rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, middle grade A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielsen is a must read for fans of the author s previous works, middle grade 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 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 A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielsen is a must read for fans of the author s previous works, middle grade 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 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 agents get thick German accents whereas Gerta and her family get standard American accents Either way, I highly recommend this tense middle grade 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 Scourge flag 10 likesLike see review Feb 01, 2017 Colleen Houck added it review of another edition Shelves germany, death, europe, historical, military, risk taking, secrets, spy, survival, suspense I wanted to reach through the pages and save this little girl and her family What an adept imagining I especially like how there were heroes and villains on both sides The tension was so palpable, my heart raced along with theirs flag 9 likesLike see review Nov 13, 2017 Kendall rated it really liked it review of another edition Really good historical fiction about the Berlin Wall RTC flag 9 likesLike see review Sep 22, 2016 Helen F rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 9 weeks A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielsen is a phenomenal book One day Gerda has a normal life, the next half of her family is separated by a wall This is the story of Gerda and how her family was split apart One night her Farther decides to go to west germany to convice her mom to move there He was planning on trying to find a place to live Gerda s mother wants one of her sons Gerda s brothers Fritz and Dominic to go with him They decided that Dominic should go So they headed that night A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielsen is a phenomenal book One day Gerda has a normal life, the next half of her family is separated by a wall This is the story of Gerda and how her family was split apart One night her Farther decides to go to west germany to convice her mom to move there He was planning on trying to find a place to live Gerda s mother wants one of her sons Gerda s brothers Fritz and Dominic to go with him They decided that Dominic should go So they headed that night When Gerda fell asleep, she thought she heard noises She conviced her self they were just trees and wen t to bed That morning she woke up to a wall separating east and west germany, with her family on the other side Read the book to find out if she will ever see her family again Some things I liked about this book was that it was was action packed, and always kept you guessing Another thing I enjoy about the book was that it was a amazing book and history lesson at the same time This book made me feel like I was experiencing the tragedy too Almost like I was part of another family that was separated If you like suspenseful books that keep you on the edge, you will love this book This book is very similar to the I survived series, which also talks about many historical disasters flag 8 likesLike see review View all 9 comments May 31, 2017 Charly rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for Anyone This is labeled as YA, however while the story revolves around a 12 year old s efforts to reunite her family which was separated when the Berlin Wall went up overnight, there is a great amount of adult angst at work Nielsen spun a wonderful piece that may not need be put to the top of your reading list but it deserves a spot on it.I really enjoyed this flag 7 likesLike see review Oct 23, 2018 Megan A Barefoot Gal rated it really liked it I ve often wanted to read a book about the Berlin Wall so I was quite happy to find this one It was an easy read but the berlin wall facts were still interesting and I enjoyed this book flag 7 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jul 10, 2014 Brin rated it really liked it review of another edition I love Jennifer Neilsen s books and am SO EXCITED TO READ ANYTHING SHE WRITES I m just ecstatic that she s releasing 2 books in 2015 Yes flag 7 likesLike see review Mar 16, 2017 Allison rated it it was amazing review of another edition So good, but SO stressful which makes the book even better Loved it flag 7 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Mar 13, 2018 Banny Carstairs rated it liked it review of another edition This book is really good and I recommend it for people who are making reading a habit Easy going pace and interesting plot a family separated by the Berlin wall trying to reunite flag 13 likesLike see review Jun 05, 2016 A.L Sowards rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2016, middle grade and juvenile, group reads gjg, whitney finalists and winners, fiction This book was good Gerta is eight when her father decides their family should move from East Berlin to West Berlin Her father and one of her brothers go to the west for a few days to find work, and while they re gone, the Berlin Wall goes up, dividing Gerta s family Her father and her brother Dominic are in the west Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz are in the east Four years later, Gerta catches sight of her father on the other side of the wall, and he s signaling to her somet This book was good Gerta is eight when her father decides their family should move from East Berlin to West Berlin Her father and one of her brothers go to the west for a few days to find work, and while they re gone, the Berlin Wall goes up, dividing Gerta s family Her father and her brother Dominic are in the west Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz are in the east Four years later, Gerta catches sight of her father on the other side of the wall, and he s signaling to her something about digging Meanwhile, the Statsi has their eye on Gerta s family, and Fritz will soon be due for compulsory military service If they re ever going to be free, they must do something, and do something soon This book was written for young readers But the pacing was wonderful, the characters felt real, and there were powerful themes about freedom and family I enjoyed it as an adult, and I think young readers would be spellbound and learn a few things about history in the process Highly recommended flag 7 likesLike see review Feb 09, 2018 J.C rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018, history, my favorites I LOVED this book This was one of those books that reminds me how good historical fiction can be I especially love juvenile historical fiction novels they always have such a sweet and touching message to them and this was no exception It felt just like a child telling the story which it was but not in a negative sense it was written beautifully.I thought at times the plot was a little bit dragged out, but it didn t feel watered down and oppositely had me turning pages all the faster It was I LOVED this book This was one of those books that reminds me how good historical fiction can be I especially love juvenile historical fiction novels they always have such a sweet and touching message to them and this was no exception It felt just like a child telling the story which it was but not in a negative sense it was written beautifully.I thought at times the plot was a little bit dragged out, but it didn t feel watered down and oppositely had me turning pages all the faster It was historically accurate as far as I could tell and certainly explored in a new, vivid way Negative Content Notes None.Rating 5.0 5.0Recommended to Ages 10 Like my reviews Follow my blog flag 6 likesLike see review May 29, 2018 Zane Jones rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 five star, 2018 reads Oh, my heart This book is such a gorgeous story and has restored my faith in middle grade Agh Thanks to all the people who recommended it to me and to Emma for letting me borrow it This is so different from the False Prince trilogy and yet just as amazing in an entirely different way Five stars, happily given flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 02, 2016 Jenna Buss rated it really liked it review of another edition I found this book very intriguing Before reading this book I had hardly even heard of the Berlin wall, and it shocked me to know that Jennifer A Nelson, author of the critically acclaimed Ascendance Trilogy, could write historical fiction so well I loved Gerta s determination to tunnel to freedom, despite the high risks it posed This book would be enjoyed by readers of historical fiction flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment Aug 15, 2018 S.G Willoughby rated it liked it This book was so stressful I mean, I should have expected it from the premise and setting, but I was used to snarky MCs that made me laugh and whisked me away to another world This book certainly wasn t a laughing one It is a very good insight into that time period, though Very interesting in that regard Really, I probably would have liked the book except that I went into it expecting it to be similar in style to Mrs Neilson s other books I ve read Which it very much was not I want so ba This book was so stressful I mean, I should have expected it from the premise and setting, but I was used to snarky MCs that made me laugh and whisked me away to another world This book certainly wasn t a laughing one It is a very good insight into that time period, though Very interesting in that regard Really, I probably would have liked the book except that I went into it expecting it to be similar in style to Mrs Neilson s other books I ve read Which it very much was not I want so badly to give a glowing review, but it just wasn t the same as her other books though I realize it wasn t at al intended to be The MC and her brother didn t seem to have big character arcs Though their mom did, and that character arc I appreciated even if she was a side character The historical part was the best part of this book It felt very real and kept me uptight on the edge of my seat the whole time Phew I m so relieved view spoiler they made it With only two deaths in the whole book, and neither were MCs hide spoiler flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 10, 2016 Olympe J rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves first 9 weeks A Night divided is about a girl named Gerta whose family is divided in half when the Berlin Wall went up Now Gerta s dad and her second oldest brother Dominic are in West Berlin while herself, her mom, and her oldest brother Fritz are in east Berlin Four years later Gerta now 12 sees her brother Dominic on the other side of the wall on a viewing platform on her way to school The next day as Gerta s walks to school again she sees her dad On the viewing platform She sees him at the same spot A Night divided is about a girl named Gerta whose family is divided in half when the Berlin Wall went up Now Gerta s dad and her second oldest brother Dominic are in West Berlin while herself, her mom, and her oldest brother Fritz are in east Berlin Four years later Gerta now 12 sees her brother Dominic on the other side of the wall on a viewing platform on her way to school The next day as Gerta s walks to school again she sees her dad On the viewing platform She sees him at the same spot the next day but this time he is dancing He s not just dancing any dance but a dance he used to do with Gerta Gerta is mouthing the words to the song as her dad dances but instead of moving on to raking her dad is still digging But Gerta doesn t know where to dig The next day Gerta see her dad again but this time Gerta makes a motion showing she doesn t know where to did A couple days later after school Gertas best friend Anna who is mad at her gives her a drawing of an old abanded building Is that the place to dig If it is will she make it to the end Read the book to find out This book is full of suspence and quite a thrill to read I really really liked his book and you should definitely read it flag 5 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 07, 2017 Kim Clifton rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves ms clifton s favorites Fast paced and thrilling, this story is unlike any historical fiction I ve read before The emphasis especially in the second half is on the engineering of an escape plan than the state of East Berlin, but the general sense of a stifled freedom comes across Quotes by German thinkers and politicians at the beginning of each chapter also help ground the book in the past I liked it a lot, and stayed up late to finish, but at times was frustrated by the amount of Gerta s narration Yes, it Fast paced and thrilling, this story is unlike any historical fiction I ve read before The emphasis especially in the second half is on the engineering of an escape plan than the state of East Berlin, but the general sense of a stifled freedom comes across Quotes by German thinkers and politicians at the beginning of each chapter also help ground the book in the past I liked it a lot, and stayed up late to finish, but at times was frustrated by the amount of Gerta s narration Yes, it s hard to have meaningful dialogue when you re trying to be secretive, but repetitive internal monologue isn t a better alternative The most exciting moments were tempered by reflection, which might be fun to write, but not so fun to read Still, I take it as a good sign that I was so invested, I started yelling at the characters flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 21, 2015 Isabela rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2016, historical fiction 4 stars I didn t know much about this book before I started it, only that it was about the Berlin Wall, and that was enough to catch my interest.The story follows Gerta, a young girl that had her family divided with the rise of the Berlin Wall she, her mother and older brother stayed in the Communist East side, while her father and other brother were in the West.The book was very slow at the beggining, but it started getting really interesting around page 100, when we were finally gettin 4 stars I didn t know much about this book before I started it, only that it was about the Berlin Wall, and that was enough to catch my interest.The story follows Gerta, a young girl that had her family divided with the rise of the Berlin Wall she, her mother and older brother stayed in the Communist East side, while her father and other brother were in the West.The book was very slow at the beggining, but it started getting really interesting around page 100, when we were finally getting some action I also really enjoyed all the characters and the writing was beautiful However, I think I would have enjoyed it if it had pictures photos throughout the book we have a few photos at the beggining, but if we had while the Wall was being describred, that would have been awesome flag 5 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Oct 10, 2017 Dakota Magic in Every Book rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves middle grade, historical fiction, standalone Well, this exceeded all my expectations This story about a family forced apart by the rise of the Berlin Wall was beautiful, emotional, and intense I feel I have better idea of the state Germany was in after the war and the suffering the wall caused My only complaint was it could be a bit tedious to read about so much digging, but even so, I was deeply anxious and on the edge of my seat as Gerta and her family try to escape and dodge the secret police force, which was cruel and deadly to thos Well, this exceeded all my expectations This story about a family forced apart by the rise of the Berlin Wall was beautiful, emotional, and intense I feel I have better idea of the state Germany was in after the war and the suffering the wall caused My only complaint was it could be a bit tedious to read about so much digging, but even so, I was deeply anxious and on the edge of my seat as Gerta and her family try to escape and dodge the secret police force, which was cruel and deadly to those who broke the rules.Over all, excellent and highly recommended, especially if you like historical fiction flag 5 likesLike see review Dec 29, 2018 Laurie rated it it was amazing Shelves elementary, grades 3 6, middle school Interest Level 3 6 Reading Level 4.7How would you feel if your dad and brother left to go look for work and was never allowed to come home Gerta and her family live in Berlin Things are very unsettling and Gerta s dad knows they need to move to the western side where things are safer He leaves and takes one of Gerta s brothers with him to look for a job The night before they are to come home, the Berlin Wall is put up and they are not allowed to come home Gerta, her mom, and her oldest b Interest Level 3 6 Reading Level 4.7How would you feel if your dad and brother left to go look for work and was never allowed to come home Gerta and her family live in Berlin Things are very unsettling and Gerta s dad knows they need to move to the western side where things are safer He leaves and takes one of Gerta s brothers with him to look for a job The night before they are to come home, the Berlin Wall is put up and they are not allowed to come home Gerta, her mom, and her oldest brother are trapped on the east side Things are not good for them because her dad is now being seen as a traitor and the German soldier have their guns trained on their own people to make sure they don t escape Many, many people are killed trying to escape but it doesn t hit home for Gerta until her best friend s brother is killed for trying to leave the east side Many years go by and Gerta is walking to school one day when she sees her dad and brother on the other side He gives her a clue of how he wants her to escape but it will be so extremely dangerous Gerta is very undeceive until she finds out that her brother is being forced to join the military If this happens he will be turned into a killing machine that she will not know Gerta and her brother decide they don t have a choice so they set off digging a tunnel in the area that her father told her They are being watched every move they make so this beyond dangerous If found out, they will be killed on the spot Can Gerta and Fritz successfully dig a hole under the Berlin Wall without being detected Will they have enough time before the military expects Fritz to join them Read this incredible story that will have you on the edge of your seat to find out how this one ends I can not even express how amazing this story is From the first page to the last Gerta grabs hold of your heart and doesn t let go When I watch a scary or suspensful movie I always cover my eyes during the intense parts I don t think I have ever closed my eyes while reading a book, but I m pretty sure I did it about a hundred times during this book There were so many times that my heart stopped and I quit breathing for a short period of time while reading This book is that good When you get a little over half way through this book you will not be able to put it down Do Not Miss This Book Follow me Blog Blazer Tales Laurie s Library Place laurieslibrary laurieevans27 Laurie Purser flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 02, 2017 Holly rated it really liked it review of another edition Great book It s a children s book and should be judged as such My only criticism was that I would have enjoyed complexity depth to the characters and their emotions as they went through very intense things, but I felt it was appropriate for its reading level about 5th grade Also, the protagonist is a 12 year old and the perspective you get is probably pretty accurate for a 12 year old Not a complaint I just think the story would also have read great as adult fiction from a comp Great book It s a children s book and should be judged as such My only criticism was that I would have enjoyed complexity depth to the characters and their emotions as they went through very intense things, but I felt it was appropriate for its reading level about 5th grade Also, the protagonist is a 12 year old and the perspective you get is probably pretty accurate for a 12 year old Not a complaint I just think the story would also have read great as adult fiction from a complex perspective.I also thought the middle section was a lot of the same thing, could have got there a little sooner.The story takes place in Berlin, 1961, starting the night the Berlin Wall goes up, splitting Gerta s family Fast forward four years and Gerta sees her brother and father on the other side for the first time, leading her down a path in which she cannot return First time I ve read historical fiction in this setting, and it prompted our book club to look up history of the wall and surrounding events It is always good to learn about something new I found it very sweet and teared up two or three times I also didn t see one important part of the plot coming and I was happy to be surprised The benefit of it being children s lit is the end was very satisfying and it tied up happily flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 15, 2017 Agata Wilusz rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves historical fiction, classroom library collection What a great read It had me on the edge of my seat all the way to the last page Gerta and her family live in Berlin at the start of A Night Divided, but over night her family is torn apart as the Berlin Wall is built and divides the city in half during the Cold War It is up to Gerta and her brother, Fritz, to reunite their family I enjoyed learning about the unfortunate adventure that Gerta is forced into I couldn t imagine living under those conditions, especially when, literally on the ot What a great read It had me on the edge of my seat all the way to the last page Gerta and her family live in Berlin at the start of A Night Divided, but over night her family is torn apart as the Berlin Wall is built and divides the city in half during the Cold War It is up to Gerta and her brother, Fritz, to reunite their family I enjoyed learning about the unfortunate adventure that Gerta is forced into I couldn t imagine living under those conditions, especially when, literally on the other side of a wall, life is completely different It s unimaginable that something like that was taking place not that long ago in such a modern time I was very impressed with Gerta s determination and quick thinking, especially under pressure This story also looks at the importance of trust, especially in times of such high tension, between family and friends Many times throughout the story Nielsen mentioned that anyone could turn you in neighbors, friends, even family members I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, adventures and suspense flag 4 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity A Night Divided 1 6 Aug 14, 2018 10 15AM A Night Divided 1 5 May 14, 2018 11 45AM hope 1 1 Apr 25, 2018 04 39PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed 19 likes Courage isn t knowing you can do something it s only being willing to try 13 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 7075, 5771, 1645, 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    A Night Divided Jennifer A Nielsen The provided historical pictures and map prior to the story prepare the readers for the somber yet hopeful mood of the book and many of the quotes at each chapter s beginning will stay with you A Night Divided is a book that should be read by every historical fiction fan and every social studies classroom. A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielsen A Night divided is about a girl named Gerta whose family is divided in half when the Berlin Wall went up Now Gerta s dad and her second oldest brother Dominic are in West Berlin while herself, her mom, and her oldest brother Fritz are in east Berlin. A Night Divided Summary Study Guide SuperSummary A Night Divided Summary Unsurprisingly, it is a superhuman challenge Every second that the family builds the tunnel, they risk their lives Due to extreme rations, they also lack the food to give them strength to keep digging One day while digging, the family hears voices coming from A Night Divided Jennifer A Nielsen Author A Night Divided This is a great historical fiction for readers of age to about An excellent description of Communist East Germany and in particular East Berlin as the Wall goes up dividing a family Seriously, one of the best books read thus far this year Teachers, if A Night Divided by Jennifer A Nielsen Use these discussion questions and extension activities to teach Jennifer Nielsen s Mark of the Thief trilogy, Ascendence trilogy, and the novels The Scourge and A Night Divided. A Night Divided Gold by Jennifer A Nielsen A Night Divided joins the Gold line, which features award winning and beloved novels Includes exclusive bonus content With the rise of the Berlin Wall, Gerta finds her family suddenly divided She, her mother, and her brother Fritz live on the eastern side, controlled by the Soviets. a night divided, A Night Divided Flashcards Quizlet Start studying a night divided, A Night Divided Learn vocabulary, terms, and with flashcards, games, and other study tools. A Night Divided Book Review Common Sense Media A NIGHT DIVIDED is fast paced and simply written, and it moves the complex story along in an engaging way without getting bogged down in the history Author Jennifer A Nielsen weaves in the geopolitical factors that led to the creation of the Berlin Wall and shows why people had divided loyalties to Germany, Russia, A Night Divided Worksheets Printable Worksheets A Night Divided Showing top worksheets in the category A Night Divided Some of the worksheets displayed are Workbook questions and critical reflection exercises, Division practice grade , Abraham lincoln, Earth, Exponents and division, Multiplication and division word problems no problem, There are many different types of pronouns personal, Conflict chart night. A Night Divided Audiobook YouTube Oct , Household sharing included Live TV from channels No cable box required Cancel anytime.

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        Jennifer lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a naughty puppy She loves the smell of rainy days, hot chocolate, and old books, preferably all at once She is a former speech teacher, theater director, and enjoyed a brief but disastrous career as a door to door pollster In her spare time, Jennifer tends to panic, wondering what she has f Jennifer lives at the base of a very tall mountain in Northern Utah with her husband, three children, and a naughty puppy She loves the smell of rainy days, hot chocolate, and old books, preferably all at once She is a former speech teacher, theater director, and enjoyed a brief but disastrous career as a door to door pollster In her spare time, Jennifer tends to panic, wondering what she has forgotten to do that has allowed her any spare time


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    1. Read this review on my blog So APPARENTLY I ve had this book on my tbr shelf for a year CLEARLY THIS IS A CRIME Once I finally picked it up, I easily devoured it in about a day It s one of those books that just happens You start reading it, and suddenly it s four hours later and you have 57 things to do and you ve done NONE OF THEM So approach this book at your own risk xD I m thinking a list review would work well here because list reviews are easier to write and I still have those 57 Re [...]


    2. 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 This [...]



    3. is trying futilely not to hyperventilate WHAT JUST HAPPENED I seriously think I m 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 n is [...]


    4. There was no warning the night the wall went up.I 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 performa T [...]


    5. 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 so glad to see a middle grade 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 underdiscussed thematic that this book is shedding some awareness on Ask children toda [...]



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