Nielsen, J. (2015). A Night Divided. New York: Scholastic.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Nominee (2017)
Top Mighty Girl Books for Teen and Tweens List (2015)
Double Whitney Award winner: Best Middle Grade book and Best Overall Youth Novel (2015)
It took Jennifer Nielsen a mere six short weeks to write A Night Divided. The story of Gerta, a twelve year old girl living in East Berlin under the realm of the Iron Curtain, was begging to be told. During this time of political chaos, Greta’s family becomes dramatically split in two when the first installation of the Berlin Wall was erected overnight. Gerta, her older brother, Fritz, and their mother are left to stay in their apartment, learning to survive while at the same time grappling with tough questions of right versus wrong, and planning a daring escape.
Who doesn’t love a suspenseful escape story with a smart girl leading the charge?! It’s incredible that authors haven’t already exploited this time in history as a setting that hands out exciting stories with no end in sight, yet this appears to be the first middle grade novel on the topic. How important to have an understanding of what happens when leaders use fear to gain control of the people.
“Courage isn’t knowing you can do something; it’s only being willing to try . . .”
Yay! Jennifer Nielsen and me: