Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I’m Waiting on Wednesday for A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen (Scholastic):
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?
Why I’m looking forward to this book:
Historical Fiction + a subject not usually addressed in YA books? Sign me up! We see so many books that deal with World War II, but its aftermath is rarely discussed. Plus this one sounds like it has danger and intrigue and adventure, and I am a sucker for those types of stories. Plus, look at that awesome cover! That alone is enough to make me do a double take.
Release Date: August 25, 2015
What are you waiting on this week? Please link me!