Saturday, June 7, 2014

Life Behind the Wall by Robert Elmer


        Life behind the Wall is a juvenile historical fiction novel that contains three different stories: “Candy Bombers”, “Beetle Bunker” and “Smuggler's Treasures.” Each one tells of three different generations of the same family and their experiences living in Germany before as well as after the Berlin wall was built. The first story is centered around a young boy named Erich in the days after World War II, and tells of the devastation and struggles apparent during that time in East as well as West Berlin. The second story, “Beetle Bunker” focuses on Erich’s half sister Sabine who finds an abandoned bunker that could be a potential way under the wall, while the third story, “Smuggler's Treasures” tells the story of Sabine's daughter's Lisel and her quest to find more out about the history of the Berlin Wall and her family history.

       Overall, I found this novel to be very enjoyable. While the book is geared towards a younger audience, I found that all ages can enjoy it. It is a very entertaining and easy read. It is also an excellent way to introduce younger readers to the historical era of World War II and the struggles that occurred before and after the Berlin Wall was constructed. I loved how this book evoked many emotions while reading it: laughter, tears, hope, sadness. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends and family, as well to a younger reader. It will help open their eyes to the past while giving them a entertaining and educational read.

       Note: I received this book for free from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  

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