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Life Behind the Wall: Candy Bombers, Beetle Bunker, and Smuggler's Treasure

(The Wall Trilogy #1-3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Marking the 55th anniversary of the creation of the Berlin Wall, this compilation includes three-books-in-one and takes readers through three generations who grew up around the Wall, as shown through the popular series by Robert Elmer.
ebook, 512 pages
Published May 6th 2014 by Zonderkidz
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May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Life Behind the Wall is a collection of three novella-length stories for the YA crowd. Each is set in part of Berlin in a different time period between 1948 and 1989.

Book One, Candy Bomber, begins in the summer of 1948. Erich Becker, a 13-year-old Berlin resident, hates the Americans whose bombs wrecked his city and killed his father. He regularly prowls Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport, sneaking into U.S. cargo planes in search of food for his hungry mother and grandmother. He meets U.S. soldier DeWi
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

When I first picked up this book, I expected three tales, relatively the same, about life behind the wall -- the Iron Curtain and the Berlin Wall. And while it was all I expected historically (and more besides, I might add), everything in Life Behind the Wall exceeded my every hope. For one thing, it's not three separate tales. Well, technically it is, but it emcompasses the story of one family, in three parts. Each one is cleverly connected to the others,
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of three short youth books about the Berlin wall. Aimed at youth, they follow a family as the city is first divided, then in the middle of the years of conflict, and again when the wall comes down. They don't give a lot of historical/political information. The books briefly talk about how the Russians have control of one side of Berlin and Germany, and the Americans are helping to protect the opposite side. The books focus more on what it was like for the characters as they ...more
May 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Family Struggles with Life Behind the Berlin Wall

Stretching from 1948 to 1989, Life Behind the Wall, tells the story of three generations of one family caught up in the turmoil in Berlin after World War II. The book consists of three self contained stories set in different time periods.

In the first story, Candy Bomber, Erich Becker, a thirteen-year-old boy is trying to help his family, particularly his grandmother, survive. Food is scarce and Erich is willing to dare sneaking into the America
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow this was a free book on my kindle. I highly recommend it because it taught me so much about the cold war and how life was for families split apart in war torn Berlin. It was thought provoking and made me think about how hard life must have been at this point in history.
Allison B
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn’t Put Down

This book is about a family who lived in Berlin during the Cold War. Starting during the Airlift and ending when the wall came down, this book leads u through every major event during that time period. This book is so accurate on what happened that it feels like your really there. Loved it and would recommend it to anyone wiling to learn a thing or two.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jumped-ship
I only read the first book (Candy Bombers), as other books came ready for me at the library and I wanted to get to them.

The first part was good. The kids (just the girls?) read all the books, and enjoyed them.
Kate (The Shelf Life)
I love historical books. They can be for adults or kids, it doesn't matter. If the story has a historical backing, it has my full attention. Now, if the book is set during a unique period on history, it is moved ahead in my TBR.

I've really gotten in to WW2 era stories lately and I've noticed (or haven't noticed) many books about the time after the war, the rebuilding, especially for Germany. Life Behind the Wall, the 3-in-1 book offered a unique glimpse into the lives of the German people after
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book for review is “Life Behind The Wall” by Robert Elmer. It falls in the genre of juvenile fiction.

This novel includes three sections that all interconnect. The first one is entitled “Candy Bomber, the second is “Beetle Bunker” and the last is “Smuggler’s Treasure.” The premise of the book is based on a family, that stretches three generations, living in Germany before and after the wall is built

It starts off with Erich, a young man living with his mother and sister in Berlin. The small fa
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life Behind the Wall is really a trilogy of books. Book one is Candy Bombers, book two is Beetle Bunker and book three is Smuggler’s Treasure. The trilogy traces a German family’s story from just after WWII in 1948 to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The books are fictional but recount actual historic events. They are written from the perspective of a family which is separated by the Berlin Wall. It shows what life was like during the time that Germany was divided into two opposing political ...more
Sherri Johnson
Jul 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish this book had been around when I was homeschooling. I regularly searched for "live" books based off historical events in an effort to stimulate reading pleasure in my son. I loved this book, which is actually three short books in one -- Candy Bombers, Hidden Bunkers, and Smuggler's Treasure. It is very well-written, imaginative, informative, and touching. It deals with life surrounding the Berlin Wall in Germany, from its beginning to its tearing down. The up close and personal views of t ...more
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Life behind the wall" by Robert Elmer is actually 3 books in one anthology, all dealing with different generations of 13-year-olds living surrounded by the Berlin wall, but at three different times in its history.

The first novel "Candy Bombers" is set in 1948, "Hidden Bunkers" in 1961 and "Smuggler's Treasure" in 1989. Each story tackles a different aspect of living with the wall: in its beginning stages, in the middle and when it finally comes down.

Although this set is meant for younger read
Hallie Szott
May 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-review
I absolutely loved the stories of Robert Elmer’s Life Behind the Wall. Elmer engages a period in history that I have not seen portrayed a lot in literature (but I could just be picking up the wrong books…) and engrossed me in the experience of it all. Each of his stories, filled with fast-paced danger, suspense and adventure, vividly depicts life within Cold War Berlin. I think Elmer successfully makes this history accessible and real for young readers, but crafts stories for a reader of any age ...more
The story begins in Candy Bombers with cousins Erich and Katarina as they struggle to survive in post-World War II Berlin. Starvation is a real threat, and their lives are changed forever when they sneak inside a U.S. Air Force base. The historically accurate details touch on the true story of the Chocolate Bombers, Air Force pilots who dropped candy to starving children behind the Berlin Wall. Book 2: Fast-forward to 1961 for book two, Beetle Bunker, when Cold War tensions peak and the Berlin ...more
Amanda  H
May 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I grew up reading Robert Elmer's books, so when the Life Behind the Wall trilogy came up for review through Booklook, I was excited. The three books span over 40 years of Berlin's history. In Candy Bombers, Erich and his cousin struggle to help their mothers help makes ends meet in their war torn city. Showing the early difficulties with East and West Berlin, I thought this story was quite interesting.
In Beelte Bunker, Sabine finds a bunker from the war that just might help her family escape und
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you been looking for some good, clean stories to help make history come alive for your middle school students? Do they struggle though with longer books? This book is broken into three parts, which gives you shorter assignments for reading. It can bring to life the way life was for children behind the wall in Berlin, Germany. I would have to say, my favorite, was the first story. It covers some other topics that we may want to bring up and discuss…polio, hunger and some of the bias against ...more
"Life Behind the Wall" is a historical adventure for tweens. It's set in Berlin, Germany starting in 1948 and ending in 1989. The hero and heroine in each story were 13 years old. The stories were fast-paced and suspenseful. I was impressed by how well the author wove the history into the story without bogging down the pacing. The personalities of two of the heroines seemed pretty similar to me, but I can see that a certain level of disregard for personal safety was needed or there wouldn't be m ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Overall, an easy, enlightening, and educational read. I enjoyed reading the small snippets of historical facts thrown in at the end of each story. Mr. Elmer does a fantastic job of drawing his readers in and giving them a history lesson in the process. Each character is fun and relate-able, typical of young teens. Faith plays a strong part in their lives and mystery makes each tale all the more enthralling. I simply loved how each story tied into the others. You start with a couple characters an ...more
Danae Mckain
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great quick read about the Berlin Wall. The characters were good and all three stories intertwined. Overall a well researched historical fiction book. The only downside for me was because they were shorter stories the plot felt rushed at times, like it needed to be wrapped up quickly to finish the story.
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting portrayal of post-war Germany from a child's perspective.

Each of the three books depicts life in a succeeding generation up to the time the Wall came down. It also shows the spiritual lessons of trust, forgiveness, loyalty, reconciliation, and courage.
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just when I thought I'd read all of Elmer's historical fiction, this appears on the shelves. The first story was the best, but the second two weren't bad. This period of history is under-represented in literature, so thank you, Robert Elmer.
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read these books separately years ago, but just re-read them. They are as good as ever, maybe even better as my reading skills have improved since 5th grade!
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Robert Elmer is a former reporter and ad copywriter who writes part-time from his home in the Pacific Northwest. He is the author of over fifty books, including nine contemporary novels for the adult Christian audience, two nonfiction titles, and seven series for younger readers. He's also a contributor to kids' versions of the popular "Case for..." books co-authored with Lee Strobel. Among kids, ...more

Other books in the series

The Wall Trilogy (3 books)
  • Candy Bombers (The Wall, #1)
  • Beetle Bunker (The Wall, #2)
  • Smuggler's Treasure (The Wall, #3)