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Time has passed, and life in a divided Germany seems almost normal. But life isn't normal. Neighbors spy on each other, books are forbidden, and sometimes people disappear in the middle of the night-- to the west. When Sabine discovers a forgotten underground bunker, she uses it as a sanctuary to escape her crowded home. Could it provide a way under the wall to freedom? Or is her family in terrible danger? Recommended for ages 8 to 12.
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Publication Date: 2010
Robert Elmer lives in the Seattle area with his wife and their little white dog, Farragut, who is named for the famous admiral. He is the author of over fifty books, most of them for younger readers (but some for grown-ups, as well). He enjoys sailing in the San Juan Islands, exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife, and spending time with their three kids along with a growing number of little grandkids.
L. Wallo4 Stars Out Of 5September 1, 2010L. WalloSecond in the series. Where the first one ended this one left me slightly confused as to the family member situation. It briefly explained what happened in between book 1 and book 2. But still an exciting story. Gives the reader a different view history wise from the Soviet side of the wall.
Alice Rogers5 Stars Out Of 5October 22, 2008Alice RogersAll three of this series were very interesting books. I bought them for my grandchildren, but thoroughly enjoyed them myself!
Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5October 6, 2006Michelle SuttonArizonaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleBeetle Bunker is, IMHO, even more interesting than it's predecessor. It's fresh, action packed, and continues the saga from book one of The Wall series. Now Erich (from book one) is an adult and he's working in a hospital. His little sister, stricken with polio as a young child and unable to walk without braces, is almost a teenager and very assertive for a young girl. She knows what she wants...and will let nothing hinder her quest. She longs for freedom. Freedom in the west. But she's stuck in the east section of Berlin, the communist sector. So when she finds a bunker from WWII with a Volkswagen Beetle inside, a flicker of hope shines in the darkness. She devises a plan along with a mysterious boy her age named Willi, who has terrible vision and wears very thick glasses.Many times while reading Beetle Bunker I totally forgot I was reading a children's story. I felt sucked into the book like I did when I read Jack Cavanaugh's post WWII series about communist Germany. Robert Elmer has a gift for writing children's novels with such depth that they stick with you. I remember reading Night by Eli Weisel as a child and I still remember every detail of that book even without the same redeeming message that Beetle Bunker contains. All of the values you want children to learn are in this wonderful story and I applaud Robert Elmer for bringing some dark portions of world history to light. May our children never forget...