Friday, April 3, 2015

Book Review: Escape to West Berlin by Maurine F. Dahlberg

Title: Escape to West Berlin
Author: Maurine F. Dahlberg
Published by: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (2004)

My Rating: ✭✭✭✭✩

Plot: This book was very short and very sweet. It tells the story of Heidi, a girl living in East Berlin during the commuism years, before the wall goes up. She’s aware of her non-freedom and of all the hiding they do, but still she’s reluctant to want to leave: East Berlin has always been her home. But the problem? Her father is a border crosser and is looked down upon. Finally her family tells her it’s too risky and that a wall is being put up; they are going to have to sneak into West Berlin.

While this book was very brief, it was suspenseful, action-paced and written well;  the characters were great, too. This was very helpful in learning more about East Berlin; it seemed to truly capture the spirit of those living there. I’d recommend it to all ages or anyone studying the Berlin Wall—you won’t be disappointed.

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