The Memory Wall by Lev AC Rosen

The Memory Wall by Lev AC Rosen


Author:Lev AC Rosen
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Published: 2016-09-13T04:00:00+00:00

NICK TURNS off the game. It’s late. He has school tomorrow and he knows he should sleep, but instead he thinks about what Reunne—Mom—just told him. Reunne’s father was disappeared. Captured by the Sword and Shield—a similar group, Nick thinks, to the Stasi, East Berlin’s secret police. He’s done his research. But he thinks now he hasn’t done enough. He goes to his computer, ignoring the checklist, and starts Googling “Stasi Alzheimer’s” and “East Berlin prison Alzheimer’s,” but nothing comes up that actually relates to East Berlin. Just people with the last name Stasi, or ads for Alzheimer’s treatments on pages about East Berlin. He doesn’t understand what Mom is trying to tell him.

If her father was disappeared, shouldn’t she have been less willing to go into the home? Wouldn’t she know what it was like to have a parent just vanish? Why would she want that for him?

He googles some more, researches East German prison camps, “the disappeared,” “the imprisoned,” his fingers growing numb with the typing, his eyes dim against the bright light of the screen. Nothing, though. Maybe it’s a clue to something else. Maybe she’s the imprisoned, disappeared one and he needs to break her out, like Reunne would break out her father. He’ll have to ask Reunne more. He doesn’t have enough. He knows she’s trying to tell him something, but he doesn’t know what.

The clock on his computer screen says its 1 a.m., which on a school night is hours past when he should be in bed. He’s surprised Dad hasn’t come and checked on him. He turns off the computer and lies down in bed, wondering how Reunne would break into a prison and steal a prisoner and, then, how she’d help the prisoner escape her own fear and climb out of the fog she’s drowning in.

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