Berlin, August 1961. Sabine lives in a cramped apartment with her grandmother, mother, and older half-brother, Erich, in East Berlin where 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 first uses it to escape her crowded home. After the Soviets build a barrier through the middle of Berlin, Sabine thinks of a new use for the Bunker. Could it take her family under the Wall to freedom? Or are their lives in more danger than ever?
|Series:||Wall , #2|
|Sold by:||Zondervan Publishing|
|File size:||685 KB|
|Age Range:||9 - 12 Years|
About the Author
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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Pretend he's not there. And Hitler will go away. Pretend it's not real. And the war will soon be over. Pretend you don't notice. And the wall won't matter so much. Pretend, pretend, pretend. And the Stasi will be nice to us. Well, it never worked that way." (Chapter 13, Beetle Bunker) Sabine, a girl on crutches with a mind for adventure, lives in Berlin during the Cold War. As troubles of war increase, a Soviet wall is erected, cutting the city in half. Her passageway to freedom is blocked. Her family cannot escape the Iron Fist anymore. Until... Sabine make the discovery of a lifetime. An abandoned bunker with a mysterious Volkswagen inside. Could this become her family's way to freedom? I learned much about the Cold War from reading Beetle Bunker. The Wall trilogy is awesome! I'd never heard of Freedom Tunnels before, and I didn't know that Hitler had anything to do with the production of the Volkswagen car. But now I do know these things and so many other facts too. Great series! Can't wait to read book 3 next.
In this second book to Elmer¿s The Wall Series, the saga continues from the point of view of Erich¿s thirteen-year-old half sister and is set in 1961. Sabine is claustrophobic as a result of being locked in a closet by a stern nurse and suffers from the affects of polio. She adores her older brother, now a doctor, who knew her American father, Fred Dewitt. All Sabine knows about her mother¿s second husband is that he died before her birth, and she yearns to know more. Sabine, joined by a newfound friend Willi, stumbles upon an old World War II bunker that contains an intact car, a beetle. When a barbed wire cement wall springs up overnight permanently dividing East and West Berlin, the Becker family is trapped. But both Erich and Sabine yearn for freedom. Sabine tells her brother about the bunker, so close to the wall that one could dig a tunnel to freedom. In spite of her disability and fear, Sabine heroically helps her brother and his friends dig the tunnel, an escape that will end in sacrifice. Those who enjoyed Elmer¿s first book in the series will be equally pleased with the drama and suspense that he so artistically entwines with accurate history.
Beetle 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...