Life Behind the Wall   -     By: Robert Elmer
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Life Behind the Wall

ZonderKidz / 2014 / Paperback

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Three historically accurate Cold War novels! Following teens and their families struggling to live in the shadow of the Berlin wall, these stories cover its creation after WWII, life at the height of its geopolitical tension, and its ultimate destruction. Includes Candy Bombers, Beetle Bunker, and Smuggler's Treasure.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 528
Vendor: ZonderKidz
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)
ISBN: 031074265X
ISBN-13: 9780310742654
Ages: 9-12

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Publisher's Description

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.

Titles include:

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.

Author Bio

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.

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  1. Canada
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Exciting stories for young readers
    July 14, 2014
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Growing up, I read a lot of Robert Elmer's books for young readers. The "Young Underground" and "Adventures Down Under" were two of my favourite series. They were fast-paced and always filled with exciting adventures and mysteries. The perfect type of novels for a pre-teen with a vivid imagination!

    While the "Life Behind the Wall" trilogy was just a smidgen less as thrilling as previous stories of Mr. Elmer's, it otherwise made for a very good read. Each story was as unique and fascinating as the characters. Erich was a bit of a daredevil, Sabine had a lot of spunk, and Liesl's stubbornness was admirable. They were each incredibly likeable and I loved getting to know them.

    In all, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this series to young readers - and even older ones looking for an easy, entertaining read.

    Thomas Nelson provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for my review which I freely give.
  2. Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A fantastic mix of history and adventure!
    July 3, 2014
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love historical books. They can be for adults or kids, it doesn't matter. If the story has a historical backing, it has my full attention. Now, if the book is set during a unique period on history, it is moved ahead in my TBR.

    I've really gotten in to WW2 era stories lately and I've noticed (or haven't noticed) many books about the time after the war, the rebuilding, especially for Germany. Life Behind the Wall, the 3-in-1 book offered a unique glimpse into the lives of the German people after WW2 had ended and the rebuild had begun. What a depressing and dark time that was.

    I will honestly tell you, I didn't know much into how the Wall came about, just that it happened sometime after WW2 and it had to do with the Cold War. Now, I'm going to giveaway my age and tell you I do remember when the wall fell. I remember Ronald Regan and his speech telling Gorbachev to tear down this wall.

    Life Behind the Wall brings you into this world that doesn't seem real in away, but it is. Being a child who survived the all out upheaval of Berlin at the end of the war, then to live in a battlefield of the cold war with the Russians. What a hard time! And Robert Elmer offers such a wonderful glimpse into this time and makes it into an adventure and easy for kids to understand.

    I won't go into too much detail, so not to give anything away and spoil bits of the story, but following this family of cousins, siblings, and children was an interesting journey. Each hero in the story is thirteen, the perfect age for adventure and to see and experience what is going on around them.

    In Candy Bombers, the war is over and America is trying to help the German people get coal and food into the country, all while the Russians are watching their every move and keeping tabs of the German people with their watch dogs of the community. Erich and Katarina, accidentally end up in an American bomber, that is now used for food deliveries and upon their discovery start something to help give hope to the kids and adults of Germany with their Candy Drops.

    In Beetle Bunker, we follow Sabine, a thirteen year old girl, who is related to Erich. We find out how Erich is doing, but our journey is now following a new generation of life behind the wall. We also see the affects of illness behind the wall and the tight grip the Russians put on the people of Berlin when the Wall starts to go up.

    Finally in Smuggler's Treasure, our hero is Liesi, Sabine's thirteen year old daughter. The wall is fully in place, but by this time, the push to tear it down is at it's strongest. The Cold War is ending, but the adventures are still there for Liesi to discover.

    This was such an interesting way to present a part of history and it worked so well. The characters were real. No one was perfect, but this family cared for each other wanted to help each other out. There is a strong theme for compassion and faith in these stories and the history woven through was great.

    Thank you to Booklook Bloggers, I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
  3. New York, NY
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Starting Point!
    June 27, 2014
    New York, NY
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Behind the Wall is a three in one novel including: Candy Bombers, Beetle Bunker, and Smuggler's Treasure which effectively portrays life behind the Berlin Wall. Taken from the point of teenagers it proves to be a lot more relatable for the intended young reader. The author masterfully shows the danger, death, and need for survival that was a part of everyone's (young and old) everyday life in Germany.

    The author does not try to assuage the situation with rose colored pictures of life for those living in east Germany. With each book he keeps them short sweet and straight to the point. He makes it appoint to write the cold hard truth in an easy to comprehend manner for all ages not just the intended middle readers group.

    I definitely enjoyed reading this series and would recommend it as great starting point for young people to learn about the Berlin Wall as it covers its building up and demolition.

    I give Behind the Wall a 5 out out of 5 for its excellent job at teaching young people a very important part of History in an easy and engaging manner.

    I received a complimentary copy from BookSneeze in exchange for this independent and unbiased review.
  4. Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Doesn't sugar coat, but still perfect for MG
    June 6, 2014
    Samantha Coville
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Three books in one: Candy Bombers, Beetle Bunker and Smuggler's Treasure. These three stories feature the kids and teens who lived their lives behind the Berlin Wall. The need for food, shelter, escape and freedom are the forefront of their minds as they fight for tomorrow for them and their families. Danger, death and survival are weaved into all three stories, never sugar coating the truth.

    This is such a wonderful piece. And though it is considered Middle Grade, I'd recommend it for any age and even as family reading. While the stories have funny moments and scenes where the focus is on children, there are some darker parts that are perfect for discussions. The author does a good job of showing the Berlin Wall for what it really was: a baricade against freedom and life. It may be intense for some, but I think this is an important topic. Learn your history or be doomed to repeat it!

    And the writing style itself helped even out some of the darker themes. It was easy, breezy and light. I was able to sit down and gobble through the three novels quickly, but never feeling it lacked depth or substance. And the German words that are sprinkled throughout were somehow understanable even if it was a foreign language. It flowed well.

    This is a great book about an important time in the world's history. I definitely recommend reading it and discussing it as it is a great discussion starter. There's a lot to be learned here so go get a copy right now and start reading! Four and a half walls out of five.

    *I recieved this book for free from the author but it in no way affected my review.
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