A Night Divided

With the rise of the Berlin Wall, twelve-year-old Gerta finds her family divided overnight. 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?


This was a very touching story. Jennifer Nielsen did an amazing job bringing the readers into what it would have been like during 1961. The main character, Gerta, shows the readers what it was like for a young girl to be growing up during the start of the Berlin Wall. Throughout the book, Gerta is faced with challenge after challenge, testing whether she is truly willing to risk everything to get to freedom.

When I was reading this book, I could not put it down. I felt that if I put it down something terrible would happen, so I kept on reading. At the end of the book, I felt as if I was truly trying to escape with Gerta and her family. I personally would recommend this book to all ages. I think it gives a precise description of the struggles and sadness that really happened in eastern Germany.

Title: A Night Divided
Author: Jennifer Nielsen
Author’s Website: http://www.jennielsen.com/
This review is written in my own words and is my honest opinion.

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