Waiting on Wednesday – Week 178

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It's to spotlight upcoming books I'm DYING to get my hands on!

This week's WoW is:
Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet

Slip behind the Iron Curtain into a world of smoke, secrets, and lies in this stunning novel where someone is always listening and nothing is as it seems.

Noah Keller has a pretty normal life, until one wild afternoon when his parents pick him up from school and head straight for the airport, telling him on the ride that his name isn’t really Noah and he didn’t really just turn eleven in March. And he can’t even ask them why — not because of his Astonishing Stutter, but because asking questions is against the newly instated rules. (Rule Number Two: Don’t talk about serious things indoors, because Rule Number One: They will always be listening). As Noah—now "Jonah Brown"—and his parents head behind the Iron Curtain into East Berlin, the rules and secrets begin to pile up so quickly that he can hardly keep track of the questions bubbling up inside him: Who, exactly, is listening — and why? When did his mother become fluent in so many languages? And what really happened to the parents of his only friend, Cloud-Claudia, the lonely girl who lives downstairs? In an intricately plotted novel full of espionage and intrigue, friendship and family, Anne Nesbet cracks history wide open and gets right to the heart of what it feels like to be an outsider in a world that’s impossible to understand.

October 4, 2016 ● Goodreads

I learned a lot about the Berlin Wall and the politics on both sides last year in my social science courses. It was super interesting to learn about, and since then I've seen The Lives of Others, a fantastic German film that gives an idea of what it was like back then, with the government listening in, trying to catch out traitors. Anyway, I don't think I've read anything that's dealt with East and West Berlin, in YA at least. This one sounds wonderful, and seems like it's going to be a powerful read.

What are you waiting on?

1 comment:

  1. Oh this one sounds good! I'm pretty intrigued with this part of history also.


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