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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).
"Life in the grim shadow of the Berlin Wall is vividly reflected in Kephart’s moving exploration in two voices." — Kirkus
Due out from Chronicle Books, April 2014
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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 EasyCommon Core Aligned Teacher's Guide
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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
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