The Resource Going over, Beth Kephart

Going over, Beth Kephart

Label
Going over
Title
Going over
Statement of responsibility
Beth Kephart
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
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Booklist Editors’ Choice: Books for Youth, 2014
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Grades 9-12 In the divided Berlin of the early 1980s, 16-year-old Ada waits for her lover, Stefan, to escape across the Berlin Wall from East to West. But the odds are against Stefan making it over alive, and they are also against graffiti rebel Ada evading the notice of the authorities and the brutal punkers hiding in the alleyways. National Book Award finalist Kephart has re-created the inexorable fear and tension, as well as the difficult living conditions, of Berliners on both sides of the wall, especially those suffering under the ruthless oppression of the dreaded East German secret police, the Stassi. Ada and Stefan are representative of the families, friends, and lovers separated and destroyed by the wall; their grandmothers serve as poignant reminders of the toll WWII took on the European population. Subplots about the Turks recruited to help rebuild Berlin and the ignored danger to women in all parts of the city add complexity to an already difficult, seldom written about time in the world’s history. This is a stark reminder of the power of hope, courage, and love to overcome the most taxing of human struggles: war, its aftermath, and captivity. -- Bradburn, Frances (Reviewed 03-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 13, p68)
  • Kephart (Small Damages) crafts an absorbing story of young love and conflicting ideologies set in 1983 Berlin. Ada, 15, lives an impoverished life in West Berlin with her mother and grandmother, while 18-year-old Stefan—who Ada has loved for years—lives with his grandmother in dull Friedrichshain on the other side of the wall. The plot shifts between Ada's life, which includes "graffing" scenes of heroic escapes on the Wall itself and visiting Stefan when she can, and Stefan's dissatisfied days spent working as a plumber's apprentice while developing tentative plans to attempt to overcome the wall, despite the potentially fatal consequences. Kephart alternates between the two teenagers' voices, with Stefan's voice written in second-person; deeply held desires for freedom and escape, both physical and artistic, radiate from each narrative. A subplot involving a Turkish boy in need of help gives the novel additional depth, and the sharpness of the lovers' separation is as deeply felt as the worry that they will never reunite. Ages 14–up. Agent: Amy Rennert, the Amy Rennert Agency. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed June 9, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 23, p)
  • Life in the grim shadow of the Berlin Wall is vividly reflected in Kephart's moving exploration in two voices. Ada, a nearly 16-year-old graffiti artist, lives in poverty in West Berlin, but Stefan, the 18-year-old boy she loves, lives on the other side of the wall in even more difficult conditions. Their only hope for a future together is if he finds a way to escape, but his grandfather perished in an attempt. Meanwhile, at night, he trains his telescope on the West while she ventures out to paint scenes of great escapes on the wall. A secondary plot arises from Ada's work at a day care center; little Savas, from an underclass of Turkish immigrants, has disappeared after his mother was abused. Related in a swirling, second-person stream of consciousness that mimics the free-flowing colors of her nighttime art, Ada's and Stefan's alternating present-tense narratives offer a point/counterpoint on the need for escape but its daunting peril. Their story is at once compelling and challenging, perhaps limiting this book to an audience of sophisticated readers. The plight of young Savas adds depth, but its tragic outcome is muted by the building suspense of Stefan's evolving plan. While this gripping effort captures the full flavor of a trying time in an onerous place, many readers will find it hard going. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2014)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10307749
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kephart, Beth
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.K438
LC item number
Goi 2014
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 9
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany, 1961-1989
  • Families
  • Family life
  • Love
  • Berlin (Germany)
  • Berlin (Germany)
  • Germany
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Going over, Beth Kephart
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
262 p.
Isbn
9781452124575
Lccn
2012046894
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o819860883
  • (OCoLC)819860883
Label
Going over, Beth Kephart
Publication
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
262 p.
Isbn
9781452124575
Lccn
2012046894
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o819860883
  • (OCoLC)819860883

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