Cloud and Wallfish

Cloud and Wallfish

Book - 2016
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"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. "--Supplied by publisher.
Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780763688035
Branch Call Number: Fiction Nesbet TEEN
Characteristics: 385 pages ; 22 cm


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Friendship in East Berlin

Set in 1989, Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet is wonderful to read from start to finish. The protagonist's name is Noah. Sorry, was Noah. Now it's Jonah. Noah, torn out of his normal life in Virginia, relocates to East Berlin (this was when the Berlin Wall still existed) with his parents and discovers that everything he knows about himself isn't true-- his name, his age, even who his… (more)

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Jun 29, 2019

This is a great book so far! I have just started and am on Chap. 12. It feels like it is slow moving to me. Maybe too much detail? Great storyline though! I think for 6th-8th graders this would be a good book.

Mar 02, 2017

This was interesting over all, but when you have another chapter at the end of each chapter explaining what just went on in the previous chapter, you need to simplify your story for the audience.

VaughanPLUrszula Dec 12, 2016

This is an example of historical fiction for kids done very, very well. It’s set in East Berlin just as the Wall is about to fall (an era not often covered in junior fiction) and incorporates lots of fascinating tidbits about society behind the Iron Curtain. The friendship depicted between Claudia (Cloud) and Noah (Wallfish) rings true. It’s a compelling read that won’t leave you feeling indifferent.


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Jun 29, 2019

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cmlibrary_jcurrie Feb 27, 2017

Noah’s life is turned upside down when his family gives him some unexpected news. His parents pick him up from school, head straight for the airport and they tell Noah that they are moving to East Berlin. On the way to the airport Noah is told that his name is not Noah and he is not eleven years old. His parents change their names too and give Noah (who is now Jonah) a whole bunch of new rules that he must obey once they reach Germany. The biggest and most important rule is to remember that someone will always be listening and watching. Noah is confused by the name changes and all the rules. While in East Berlin, he makes a friend and tries to help his friend find her parents. His friend’s parents have disappeared under mysterious circumstances.


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