Cloud and WallfishBook - 2016
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.
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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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