Charlesbridge Teen Beyond the Blue Border
Charlesbridge Teen Beyond the Blue Border

Beyond the Blue Border

By Dorit Linke


Publication Date: September 7, 2021

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Ages 12 And Up, Grades 7 And Up

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.

Story Locale: East Germany, 1989

About the Author

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.

Author Residence: Berlin, Germany

Author Hometown: Rostock, Germany

Format: Hardcover

Length: 320 pages

Publisher: Charlesbridge Teen

Publication Date: September 7, 2021

ISBN: 9781623541774

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