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.
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"When 11-year-old Noah's parents suddenly take him out of his Virginia school for a six-month trip to East Berlin, he enters a life of subterfuge and a longing to understand the mysterious demands of the adults around him. It's 1989, and the story spans the era of the Berlin Wall's collapse. Narrator Will Ropp handles Noah's severe stutter in a manner that contributes to his identity but doesn't intrude on the narrative's accessibility. Ropp creates pleasing youthful voices both for Noah and his new friend Claudia, although not all of his German pronunciations sound quite as natural. The factual details following each chapter work well in audio, making this a good choice for young listeners of historical fiction. F.M.R.G. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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