Through the Wall

By Alida Sims Malkus
Level 9

When twelve-year-old Hansi’s father is arrested, his world is turned upside down. Why was his father taken away? Hansi discovers a past he didn’t know his family had, and soon after, he embarks on an adventure he never could have imagined—a daring trek to cross the great wall that divides East from West Berlin. With the help of a small dog and some other friends he makes along the way, Hansi comes to realize that the things he’s been taught in post-World War II East Berlin may not provide the best way to live after all.

This book is a suggested read-aloud for The Good and the Beautiful History Year 1 Course.

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)

Region Europe, Germany, Berlin
Period 20th Century, 1900s, mid-1900s, WWII
Genre Historical Fiction
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  • 4 Moral Value
  • 5 Educational Value
  • 5 Literary Value
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