Going Over

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A Junior Library Guild Selection! 
A School Library Journal Pick of the Day
An iBooks Big Spring Book
an Amazon Big Spring book 

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 “A stark reminder of the power of hope, courage, and love.”—Booklist, starred review  (the full review here)


"An excellent example of historical fiction focusing on an unusual time period."—School Library Journal, starred review (the full review here).


Going Over carefully balances love and heartbreak, propelling readers through the story, constantly wondering about the fate of Savas and whether Stefan will be able to cross over. The dangers and consequences Kephart portrays are as real as the victories and joys. -Shelf Awareness, starred review

"Life in the grim shadow of the Berlin Wall is vividly reflected in Kephart’s moving exploration in two voices." — Kirkus


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It is February 1983, and Berlin is a divided city—a miles-long barricade separating east from west. But the city isn’t the only thing that is divided. Ada, almost 16, lives with her mother and grandmother among the rebels, punkers, and immigrants of Kreuzberg, just west of the wall. Stefan, 18, lives east with his brooding grandmother in a faceless apartment bunker of Friedrichshain, his telescope pointed toward freedom. Bound by love and separated by circumstance, their only chance lies in a high-risk escape. But will Stefan find the courage to leap? Will Ada keep waiting for the boy she has only seen four times a year ever since she can remember? Or will forces beyond their control stand in their way?

Told in the alternating voices of the pink-haired graffiti artist and the boy she loves, Going Over is a story of daring and sacrifice, choices and consequences, and love that will not wait.

“Beth Kephart has done it again. She’s spun gold out of the language of longing and has shown us how to make room for miracles. This novel –about a boy and girl separated by the cruelest of fates–will inspire any reader to make the leap for love.” 
Patricia McCormick, author of National Book Award Finalists Sold and Never Fall Down  
“An unforgettable portrayal of life and love divided. Kephart captures the beauty and desperation of 1980's Berlin with prose both gripping and graceful.” —
Ruta Sepetys, New York Times bestselling author of Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy
Common Core Aligned Teacher's Guide
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First Words
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"Going Over carefully balances love and heartbreak, propelling readers through the story."Shelf Awareness

"Readers will finish the book and continue to think about how effective one wall can be in separating a country and in fashioning attitudes toward life." —Reading Today

“A profound read meant for discussion.” —VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates

"Gritty, painful and lovely."--Emma, age 17, SLJ Teen, Young Adult Advisory Councils Reviewer
Beth Kephart has written Germany in brilliant and primal colors. I felt every word of Going Over. The book realistically paints life on both sides of the Berlin Wall. Ada is punk rock and dealing with her own emotions and feelings while Stefan is measured and fearful of escaping. Ada needs Stefan by her side and she pushes him to come be with her. Trying to wall jump could get Stefan killed. But not truly living and losing Ada could be worse than the grey landscape he is forced to live in.— Bookalicious 

"Of course I love the lyrical, evocative writing. And I love the tone of the book: the feeling of desperation and impatience and longing and desire. The feeling of danger and the sense of foreboding. Most of all I love that even with this dark tone there is another that is full of hope and triumph. Going Over is one of those books that has stayed with me after reading it--and the more I think about it, the more things I find to love about it. My love for this writer's words and stories continues to grow.— The Flyleaf Review

"This book may have a desperate, dangerous tone--but ultimately it's a book about hope. Hope that Ada and Stefan will be able to be together. Hope that Stefan will possibly find his mother or discover what happened to his grandfather. Hope that the Turkish immigrants will find a better life in West Berlin. The hope that Ada and her mother will grow closer. And I think that is SO important, that this book which chronicles such a turbulent time in history is shot through with threads of joy and hope. Also aiding in that optimistic feeling is the knowledge that we readers are privy to. Ada and Stefan, and their friends and families, may not know it but WE know that that wall does come down eventually. It's the light at the end of the tunnel that only we can see and that helps this from becoming too dark of a story."—The Flyleaf Review (second review)  

Aside from the language, the imagery, and the sensory input, I marveled at the pacing. Beth creates these moments of stall, rewind, and then a lurch forward, over and over. As the story progresses, the pauses shorten and the reader is launched farther and farther. That so perfectly mimics the passing of time for the characters themselves, caught on either side of the wall. Simply brilliant.— Readergirlz

What’s Going Over about? It’s about love and freedom and equality. It’s about hardship and struggle and overcoming the odds. It’s about diversity and fitting into a new culture. The writing is true Beth Kephart, literary, descriptive, lyrical. The characters become your friends. You are there! The story grabs your heartstrings on so many levels, Stefan and Ada, Savas, Omi.— 2headstogether 

Kephart’s Going Over is stunning, and like the punk rock of the 80s, it strives to stir the pot, make readers think, and evoke togetherness, love, and even heartbreak — there are lessons in each. — Savvy Verse and Wit

I loved every minute of this book, the vivid portrayal of life in Berlin, the ideas explored, the characters, the interesting and compelling situation, the lovely descriptions and language!— My Friend Amy

I'd strongly recommend Going Over to readers aged twelve and up who enjoy literary fiction. The 1980's setting and the lyrical style would cross over well to adults too. Beth Kephart is one of my favorite young adult authors and this is one of her best books. The critics agree. The book has earned starred reviews from School Library Review and Booklist. It's a Junior Library Guild selection. I expect it to win awards. The eye-catching cover is a winner too. Going Over made me cry and it made me cheer. I finished the last chapter longing for more. — Sarah Laurence

Beth Kephart also has an awesome way with details; I feel like I learned a lot about life in Berlin in the ‘80s and the art of graffiti, but it never felt like I was reading something straight out of a history book. Even though I’m an American who was only 5 when the Wall fell, I could understand and sympathize with Ada and Stefan’s plight.— Forever Young Adult


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