Item description for Candy Bombers (The Wall V1) by Robert Elmer...
Overview In 1948 Berlin, Germany, while trying to survive the Russian blockade of the city and also grieving for his father and sister who were killed in the war, thirteen-year-old Erich is befriended by a United States airman. Original.
Publishers Description Berlin, spring 1948. Teenage cousins Erich and Katarina are just trying to survive in a city still devastated by World War 2 when the Soviets blockade the city isolating its citizens---and starving them---behind the Iron Curtain. But the Americans have food, so Erich sneaks inside a U.S. cargo plane...where he is caught by a sympathetic American sergeant who tries to befriend him. Though Erich has plenty of reasons to resent this man, in the end he must decide---should he cling to bitterness or learn to forgive?
Citations And Professional Reviews Candy Bombers (The Wall V1) by Robert Elmer has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 09/01/2006 page 54
Publishers Weekly - 08/28/2006 page 59
Christian Retailing - 09/04/2006 page 39
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Aug 27, 2006
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Grade Level Middle School
Series Number 1
ISBN 0310709431 ISBN13 9780310709435 UPC 025986709433
Availability 0 units.
More About Robert Elmer
Robert Elmer lives in the Seattle area with his wife and their little white dog, Farragut, who is named for the famous admiral. He is the author of over fifty books, most of them for younger readers (but some for grown-ups, as well). He enjoys sailing in the San Juan Islands, exploring the Pacific Northwest with his wife, and spending time with their three kids - along with a growing number of little grandkids.
Robert Elmer currently resides in the state of Washington.
Robert Elmer has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Candy Bombers (The Wall V1)?
It's the bomb! Oct 26, 2006
I am a k-12 Christian school librarian and I enjoyed this book. I am always looking for upper elementary level books for boys. Candy Bomber is filled with action as Erich gets himself and his cousin Katarina into one situation after another. The religious aspect is not pushy. There are references to prayer,and his father was a pastor. Portrays the difficulty of life after the war and Erich's motivation to help his family.
great historical for young adults Oct 18, 2006
Berlin, Spring, 1948, the war is over and Germany is divided with the Soviets blockading the citizens of East Germany behind an Iron Curtain. The Soviets are starving the citizens in their part of Berlin. Eric and Katarina are teenage cousins, struggling to help their families survive. The Americans have food, and Eric decides to sneak into their airbase to see what he can find. He is caught and warned not to come back. The temptation is too great, and Eric and Katarina slip back into the airbase where something happens that changes their lives forever. Robert Elmer does a good job of showing what it was like to be a teenager in Cold War Berlin. He brings in a lot of historical information, like the actual gum and candy drops started by an American flyer. An exciting story set in an important time that should be taught more often.
author Oct 8, 2006
The Wall Series is an epic tale that extends across generations and unfolds against the backdrop of a dangerous Cold War Berlin. Book I occurs circa 1948, during the beginnings of the iron curtain. In post war Germany, the Russians begin to circumvent movement between East and West Berlin. Teenage cousins Katarina and Erich struggle to survive. In addition, Erich distrusts Americans whom he blames for the death of his father, killed during a bombing raid on Berlin. Erich also distrusts the Russian soldiers who patrol the street where his father's church once stood. While foraging for food in an American aircraft, Erich meets Fred Dewitt, a man who is destined to intertwine his life with Erich's family. Erich initially resents the American, a journalist trying to help as the Americans engage in what history would later refer to as the Berlin Airlift, the dropping of food and supplies to the ravished sections of Berlin. Part of this relief effort included candy and gum for the children. Although a fictional account, Robert Elmer takes great pains in assuring historical accuracy making this series both entertaining and enlightening, engaging readers of all ages.
Great historical fiction for kids... Sep 15, 2006
Candy Bombers is a fantastic story for kids and young teens. It highlights some real events that happened in post WWII Germany. What a great way to teach kids history, especially the positive side.
I've read a lot of WWII era stories and never once heard of the man who dropped candy over Berlin (and in particular the communist side) as a kind gesture to the people in a war-torn land to show that Americans really did want to help them. That's such a neat story. Candy Bombers is loaded with intrigue and in some places contains really great tension. The story has villains and some scary scenes, but nothing young teens couldn't handle. After all, most kids watch more violence on television. The values shown in this story make it worth reading, IMHO. Especially now that communism is not nearly as well-known as it had been during my youth.
I enjoyed Candy Bombers immensely and highly recommend The Wall series by Robert Elmer, of which Candy Bombers is the first book.
Candy Bombers a Treat! Sep 12, 2006
Easy to read, yet full of adventure and excitement, _Candy Bombers_ made the post WW2 Cold War Berlin come to life for me. Focusing on the airlifts, the terrible living conditions for the German survivors, and the minefields of prejudice and relationships involved in healing wounds created during war time, this book creates believable characters caught in the middle of conflict. I highly recommend this book as a readalong for homeschoolers studying this historical timeperiod. It is easy to read, easy to relate to contemporary dilemmas, while at the same time exploring the realities present in the mid to late forties. I would have loved it if this book had continued for a while longer, because I wasn't ready for the story to end when it did. Of course, there are two other books in the series...