Cloud and Wallfish
By Anne Nesbet
400 pages – ages 10+
Published by Candlewick Press on October 4, 2016
Synopsis- American Noah Keller was pretty taken-aback when both his parents picked him up after school in Virginia. Especially when they told him they were moving to East Germany for six months, East Berlin to be specific. Oh, and apparently Noah’s name isn’t really Noah Keller. He’s Jonah Brown, with a different birthday, a different hometown, and no idea what’s going on. Noah-Jonah and his family move to East Berlin, and soon he meets a highly-outspoken girl named Claudia. They become friends. But it may end up that this friendship draws a little too much attention in a society built on blending in and spying on itself…
What I Thought- This was a really good historical fiction book. It captures the feelings of living under constant oppression, while also trying to make it look like you are living in a normal situation. It was interesting, especially because Noah doesn’t really know what’s going on, just that something is going on (I won’t give it away). Ms. Nesbet’s writing style is very informative, and I like that at the end of each chapter, she tells a little more information about historic events mentioned in the chapter, and how they relate to the characters. They also seem to flow with the story pretty well, as well. I enjoyed the book very much.
I give this book five out of five bookworms!