Fall '18

Escaping East Germany

From the Set Great Escapes in History

Engages readers with incredible stories of people who made daring escapes from war-torn East Germany. From the early 1960s to the late 1980s, thousands of people fled the communist regime in East Germany to the freedom of West Germany. Additional features include a Fast Facts spread, informative infographics, critical-thinking questions, a phonetic glossary, a selected bibliography, an index, information about the author, and sources for further research.

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  • Fast Facts
  • Ursula Heinemann
  • Wolfgang Engels
  • Escape by Tunnel
  • Escape by Balloon
  • Think About It
  • Glossary
  • To Learn More
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Index
  • About the Author
Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 4
Dewey 943
Lexile 790
ATOS Reading Level 5.1
Guided Reading Level X
Language English
Publisher The Child's World, Inc.
Format Reinforced book, Hosted ebook
ISBN 9781503825321, 9781503830134
Copyright 2019, 2019
Number of Pages 32, 32
Dimensions 6.5 x 9, 6.5 x 9
Graphics Full-color photographs, Historical photographs

A Review of "Great Escapes in History" in School Library Connection

This high interest series will appeal to readers who like to collect interesting facts and learn about unusual circumstances. The nonfiction narrative of Escaping Alcatraz vividly and chronologically describes all the attempted escapes from Alcatraz prison. A section of Fast Facts gives the most important information about the island of Alcatraz, which aid in the reader’s logistical understanding of the escapes. Four escapes from this famous prison are included: The First Escape Attempt (1936), Missing for Days (1943), The Battle of Alcatraz (1946), and the Mystery of Alcatraz (1962). Each chapter highlights the creative ways the prisoners sought to escape. The authentic photographs help the reader better understand the conditions and obstacles of each attempted escape. Though the books have long been closed on the escape attempts, legend lingers that some of the 1962 escapees managed to survive. The text may even inspire readers to visit Alcatraz in San Francisco, which is now a National Park. Also included is a ‘Think About It’ section, ‘To Learn’ section, and a blurb about the author. I particularly like the ‘Think About It’ section for the thought-provoking questions it poses, which can be used to prompt wonderful classroom discussions or essays. Each title presents a fascinating and intriguing look at many different types of escape throughout history. Teachers could use this series as a compare-and-contrast exercise that will surely excite students due to the subject matter. Though the authors are different, each book is formatted exactly the same. Eager and reluctant readers will definitely enjoy this series. Bibliography. Glossary. Index. Table of Contents.

Author: Barbara Krasner

Freelance writer Barbara Krasner writes nonfiction, fiction, and poetry for children and adults. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches children's literature and creative writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey, where she is currently pursuing a master's in public history.