Tuesday, April 29, 2014


I received a copy of LIFE BEHIND THE WALL by Robert Elmer from Thomas Nelson via BookSneeze.  This book was, in one word, incredible.  It is actually three books in one: CANDY BOMBERS, BEETLE BUNKER, and SMUGGLER’S TREASURE.  They are historical adventures that are written for teenagers.  I love historical fiction for young adults, for it helps to open their eyes to the past.  Even though the novel is thick, the print is large, so it won’t be daunting to young readers.

These stories involve Berlin Germany.  They start in 1948 and extend through 1989.  In the first story, two teenagers fight to survive behind the Iron Curtain.  I have read many stories about the Holocaust, but this takes the reader to the following years in Germany.  I’m sure there are other books like that out there, but I had never read one before.

The second story involves a girl named Sabine who finds an abandoned bunker.  Teens will relate to her need for a place of her own, and her hope to rescue her family from the Cold War.

The third and final story involves Lisel reuniting her family.  All of the stories have strong morals and can be enjoyed by the entire family.  I highly recommend LIFE BEHIND THE WALL to young adults.  

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