Strengths: The details of life in East Germany at this time are exquisite, and Nesbet's experience and research add a lot to the book. Even the format is intriguing-- after each chapter, there is a little bit of information on one of the facets of life.
There have not been too many books about the Berlin Wall-- Nielsen's A Night Divided, Kephart's Going Over, and Degens' Freya on the Wall are the only ones I can think of. This is clearly a much needed addition to the range of historical fiction, and Nesbet's experiences in Europe at that time enrich the novel considerably.
At its core, this is a novel of friendship, and of fitting into another culture. The fact that Noah was dragged away from the Unites States and thrown into life in East Germany will intrigue many readers who secretly believe that their own parents could, in fact, be spies!