13 May 2014

Life Behind the Wall: Candy Bombers, Hidden Bunkers and Smuggler's Treasure by Robert Elmer

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Cut off by the Iron Curtain…

This epic tale extends across generations and unfolds against the backdrop of a dangerous Cold War Berlin. This historically accurate, action-packed, three-books-in-one edition features three generations of resourceful teens living in the shadow of the Berlin Wall.

"Candy Bombers": In spring 1948, teenage cousins Erich and Katarina are simply trying to survive in war-ravaged Berlin when the Soviets blockade the east side of the city, isolating its citizens – and starving them – behind the Iron Curtain.

"Beetle Bunker": In August 1961, Sabine discovers a forgotten underground bunker. Though she first uses it to escape her crowded home, she soon realizes her hideout could possibly take her family under the wall to West Berlin and freedom!

"Smuggler's Treasure": In spring 1989, life is good in West Germany, and even the Cold War seems to be thawing in the warmer weather. But as Liesl works on a class project about the history of the wall, she stumbles onto a startling secret no one will talk about.

I absolutely loved the stories of Robert Elmer’s Life Behind the Wall. Elmer engages a period in history that I have not seen portrayed a lot in literature (but I could just be picking up the wrong books…) and engrossed me in the experience of it all. Each of his stories, filled with fast-paced danger, suspense and adventure, vividly depicts life within Cold War Berlin. I think Elmer successfully makes this history accessible and real for young readers, but crafts stories for a reader of any age to enjoy. I certainly enjoyed them and would recommend Life Behind the Wall to any fan of historical fiction. (My only complaint is, as Elmer connects the three stories, a few details are mismatched and do not fit quite right) Thank you, BookLook Bloggers, for providing me with a copy of these stories and the opportunity to honestly review them. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. (I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”)

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