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The cloud
Gudrun Pausewang
Bookbinding: paperback
Size: 13.5 x 21 cms
ISBN: 978-84-96646-04-9
Edition number: 2nd edition
Age: 12 years old and up
PRICE:  9.62 €

The story is set in the nineties: Chernobyl nuclear accident is almost forgotten when, suddenly, a new, more serious accident happens, in Crafenrheinfeld, German Federal Republic. Authorities play it down but the terrified population tries to run away the disaster area. A savage war for survival takes place on the roads and streets. Surrounded by this war, there are Janna Berta, 14 years old, and her brother Uli, aged 7. Their parents have gone away to a journey for a few days. The children try to escape from danger using their bicycles…


German Young Adults’ Literature Prize

“The novel is hair-raising real. Chaos produced by people’s runaway, the way the girl is going through different situations, the death of her loved ones… all is magnificently developed, and translation is impeccable” (ABC).

 In coincidence with Fukushima nuclear accident, the Spanish newspaper El País set an interview with the author of this book, who said: “…(the book) takes seriously the readers, no matter their age” and “it is inspired by particular facts, which can take place, as it is demonstrated by Fukushima” (“The best seller which foresees Fukushima”, El País).

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