Beetle Bunker

Tuesday, November 26, 2013
He let the meaning behind his words sink in: We know what you’re doing. We know when you’re doing it. And we know whom you’re doing it with. It seemed Uncle Heinz had connections they hadn’t even imagined. Much bigger than phone calls from the neighborhood spy.

Book: Beetle Bunker (The Wall), also by Robert Elmer, Zonderkidz, 2006

Genre: Historical Fiction
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 11-16
Summary: Sabine is crippled, but her fight with Polio has only served to make her stronger. Living in East Berlin in 1961 life is hard, but when the Wall goes up, Sabine knows she and her family must get out. Of course everyone demands that she stay out of the escape attempts, but she refuses. Sabine knows the value of freedom and is willing to risk her life to not only escape herself, but help others escape as well.
Notes: In The Wall series, Robert Elmer takes a young boy and a young girl and places them in the midst of some of the worst places to live during this time period. Sabine is pressured to join the Junge Pioniere - the young Communist group, but refuses, knowing that it is not what she believes in. The focus of the book is history, but there are some spiritual elements as well - like Sabine and her mom wanting to keep their Bibles even though those aren't on the approved reading list, or their belief that God has them in East Berlin for a reason.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 2/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

2 Corinthians 3:17 – Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.


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