Schwartz, Simon The Other Side of the Wall 112 pgs Graphic Universe (Simon), 2015. $19.00 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG Violence: PG13
This is the authors depiction of his childhood in the early
1980s in the East Germany which was under the control Socialist Unity Party of
Germany. His parents apply to leave but face much persecution for their
decision from friends, family, and the government. When they finally are allowed
to leave, there are other changes they must deal with as well. One big one for
Simon the child seemed to be his confusion about his grandparents, since he has
one Grandma he can visit who is loving and kind, and one set that refuse to see
his family for a long time.
I have always been fascinated by the Berlin Wall, but never knew
anything but the basics. (In my schooling they never quite reached modern history,
always not enough time). I was excited to read this book but found it
completely confusing! Even with more information provided at the end of the book,
I am still at a loss. Maybe something was lost in translation? Maybe my mind
has finally turned to mush. Either way I wouldn’t add this to a middle or high
school library because its overly complicated and doesn’t lay a clear
foundation for the reader.
MS, HS –NO Reviewer:
Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.