Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Other Side of the Wall by Simon Schwartz -NO

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.

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