Monday, January 16, 2017

Cloud and Wallfish

I loved this story set in East Germany in the fateful year of 1989.  In this book Noah and his family travel to East Germany under the pretense of his mother's research on speech impediments.  But things are so weird for Noah - first he has to change his name to Jonah, lie about his past, his age, and he loses the freedom to speak freely.  Then when they get there he is even kept from school at first because of his stuttering.  Then he meets a girl, Claudia and they become friends - they become Cloud and Wallfish.  But Claudia's parents disappear, their friendship is discouraged, and suspicion is all around.

A lovely story leading up to the wall coming down.  There are great historical "secret files" which will help orient younger readers.  Loved this.

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