A Comfort Break in the Valley of the Clueless

Children & Young Adult, Children's Books, Children's Books Age 10+, Children's Books History

Jobst and his mother were travelling home from their mediaeval holiday and only intended to stop in 1986 for a toilet break. But then the case that holds their time machine disappears into thin air and they find themselves stuck in the middle of East Germany! Jobst has only heard rumours about the GDR, a country where children are referred to as pioneers, where there’s no tropical fruit and the grocery shops only offer what’s in season locally. There’s no way the two of them can get home without their time machine, so of course they get involved in all kinds of exciting adventures—including a rather unfortunate encounter with the Chairman of the State Council.

Today’s youngsters have little or no idea of what it felt like growing up in the GDR. This book describes childhood in East Germany—not as a dull litany of facts, but as an authentic, action-packed adventure full of humour.

• A story offering plenty of laughs, food for thought and insights into a world that’s not as far away as we might think…

Franziska Gehm

Franziska Gehm studied English, psychology and intercultural economic communication. After completing her studies she taught at a grammar school, worked for a radio station and as an editor of children’s books. She now lives in Munich where she works as a freelance author, translator and editor.

Horst Klein

Horst Klein, born in 1965, spent his formative years in East Frisia before moving to Krefeld in 1989 to pursue his
studies in visual communication. Before he could do that though, he had to look up Krefeld in an atlas. He still lives
there today with his wife and two children, where he works as an illustrator and a graphic designer.

A Comfort Break in the Valley of the Clueless

Jobst and his mother were travelling home from their mediaeval holiday and only intended to stop in 1986 for a toilet break. But then the case that holds their time machine disappears into thin air and they find themselves stuck in the middle of East Germany! Jobst has only heard rumours about the GDR, a country where children are referred to as pioneers, where there’s no tropical fruit and the grocery shops only offer what’s in season locally. There’s no way the two of them can get home without their time machine, so of course they get involved in all kinds of exciting adventures—including a rather unfortunate encounter with the Chairman of the State Council.

Today’s youngsters have little or no idea of what it felt like growing up in the GDR. This book describes childhood in East Germany—not as a dull litany of facts, but as an authentic, action-packed adventure full of humour.

• A story offering plenty of laughs, food for thought and insights into a world that’s not as far away as we might think…

Bibliographic Data
256 pages, ISBN: 978-3-95470-147-6
First published 2016