Title: Sektion 20
Author: Paul Dowswell
It is a great teen book that gives wonderful insight into what life was like living in East Berlin under communism. It shows the difference between the two cultures and lifestyles that shared a city but were separated by the Berlin wall. The story is told through the eyes of a teenage boy who just wants to express himself and not follow the communist norms.
-Craig at KDL’s Cascade branch
Alex lives in East Berlin. The cold war is raging and he and his family are forbidden to leave. But the longer he stays, the more danger he is in. Alex is no longer pretending to be a model East German, and the Stasi has noticed. They are watching him.Alex is told that further education will be blocked to him. His summer job is mysteriously cancelled, and friends begin avoiding him. His parents start to realize that leaving the East may be the only option left to them, but getting across the Wall is practically impossible. And even if Alex and his family make it to the other side, will they be able to escape the reach of the Stasi?This tense, page-turning thriller builds towards a terrifying showdown as powerful forces from the East and West converge. One false move will change everything for Alex and his family, forever.