Anne Nesbet is the author of the novels The Cabinet of Earths, A Box of Gargoyles, and The Wrinkled Crown. Her books have received starred reviews and have been selected for the Kids' Indie Next List, Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best list, and the Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year list. An associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Anne Nesbet lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
In this atmospheric page-turner set just as the Iron Curtain begins
to lift, Nesbet deftly ratchets up the tension, using a close
third-person omniscient narration to keep readers experiencing one
unnerving event after another, just as Noah does...This is edgy,
dramatic, and emotionally rich historical fiction that provides a
vivid look into an extraordinary moment in history.
--Horn Book (starred review)
[Nesbet's] author's note reveals the personal history behind the
novel, suggesting a labor of love that does show in the carefully
crafted details and effective scene-setting...Nesbet's detail-rich
novel offers tenacious readers an interesting window into the fall
of the Iron Curtain.
Nesbet writes an interesting and nuanced narrative that weaves
history, mystery, and friendship with enough action to keep readers
engaged. A great choice for those looking for a thrilling
historical fiction or coming-of-age tale.
--School Library Journal
Nesbet gives readers a glimpse into life behind the Iron
Curtain...Noah's friendship with his neighbor Claudia is genuinely
touching, and some truly tense scenes unfold as secrets are
revealed and readers witness events leading to the fall of the
Through Noah's innocent but perceptive eyes, readers receive a
first-hand look at this secretive and highly controlled world.
Post-chapter "Secret Files" provide fascinating historical context,
but the story's heart lies in the friendship between Claudia and
Noah, and in the lengths loved ones will go to in order to break
down even the most formidable walls.
Nesbet cleverly contextualizes events via "Secret Files" ...
that follow each chapter, drawing fact and fiction together into
entertaining little bundles.
--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Told from the perspective of an eleven-year-old, the sounds,
sights, and smells of East Berlin come vividly to life...Jonah is
both credible and endearing. Even when his parents are secretive,
he attempts to do the right thing. Side bars list pertinent
historical facts. This makes an enlightening and inspiring choice
for classroom units or book discussions.
A brilliant novel of friendship that seamlessly blends history
with mystery and suspense, Cloud and Wallfish is certain to expand
readers' perspective on multiple levels.
--Day (syndicated from Kendal Rautzhan "Books to Borrow")
Nesbet somehow manages to bring East Germany in 1989 to
full-blown, fascinating life.
--A Fuse #8 Production (blog)