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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.
Number of Pages: 158
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.12 X 6 (inches)
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...
Author: Robert Elmer
Located in: Bayview, Idaho
Submitted: December 21, 2006
What was your motivation behind this project? The story fits right into the incredible events of the early 1960s, when the Wall went up and divided Berlin. Hard to believe. At the same time, these were real people, real boys and girls, whose lives were torn apart by what happened. That's what I tried to get across in this story. I wanted to tell a story about a real boy and girl who struggle with real issues like crutches and not being able to see very well. How would they react to the huge events that put their city on the world stage? And what part would their faith play?
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I wrote this series for kids who love fast-paced adventure -- like I do. But there's so much more to it than that. Loyalty, faith, tragedy, courage... When you read these stories you'll discover real people wrestling with real-life faith issues. After all, they're based on real events! So in the bargain you'll learn some history, too, and find how God is faithful through the years, from generation to generation.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I guess you can call these "Christian spy stories for kids," and I grew up on a lot of these kinds of adventures. So it was only natural that I'd eventually write about Berlin -- and life behind the Berlin Wall.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Hang on! These adventures will take you for a ride, and you'll see what it was like to live in a divided city, behind the hated wall that divided all of Germany during the Cold War years. With boy and girl characters from several generations, there's plenty of adventure for everyone.