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Beyond the Blue Border

Beyond the Blue Border cover

Beyond the Blue Border

By  Dorit Linke , Translated by  Elisabeth Lauffer
$ 18.99

Hanna and Andreas will do anything to leave oppressive East Germany behind. There's one escape route open to them, but can they survive it?

Hanna and Andreas have always been friends. When they're expelled from school for activism directly challenging the socialist state in East Germany, they end up doing factory work. But what kind of life do they have to look forward to without education or opportunity? Especially when they aren't allowed a voice? The choice to risk imprisonment or death by escaping to the democratic West seems like a risk worth taking. They set out to swim twenty-five hours across the choppy waters of the Baltic Sea.

Linke's storytelling achieves a delicate balance between heightened moments of danger--searchlights, jellyfish, a Russian helicopter, a violent summer storm--and the monotony, ineffable fatigue, physical pain, cramping, fear, and hope that fill the rest of the journey. A memorable tale of two people risking all for a chance at freedom.

Dorit Linke was born in Rostock in the former German Democratic Republic. Growing up, she was a competitive athlete and lifeguard. After high school and the fall of the Berlin Wall, she studied architecture in Berlin and traveled the world.

ISBN: 9781623541774

ISBN-10: 9781623541774

Publisher: Charlesbridge Teen

Publication Date: 09/07/2021 - 12:00am

On Sale: 09/07/2021 - 12:00am

Pages: 336

Language: English


Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Runaways

Young Adult Fiction / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration

Young Adult Fiction / Historical / Europe