Middle School / Books Rule!
Recommended books for grades 5-8

A NIGHT DIVIDED, by Jennifer A. Nielsen

NIght divided

The story: The Berlin Wall goes up overnight, trapping Greta’s father and brother in the west, and the rest of the family here in East Berlin. In a desperate attempt to reunite the family, Greta and her brother race against time as they start digging a tunnel under the wall. Discovery means death. The tunnel could collapse at any moment. The Stasi could find and execute them at any time. Is there any way this will turn out well?

Mrs. Friend’s opinion: The author of The False Prince takes a turn in a different direction with this historical novel of the Cold War. Readers will find themselves drawn into Greta and Fritz’s story at the same time as they’re learning a bit of recent history that most of them have never heard of. Not a bad combination!


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