Review: The Wall by William Sutcliffe
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Author: William Sutcliffe
Title: The Wall
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Walker Children's
Expected Publication: June 4,2013
Review Copy Provided By: Netgalley
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Joshua lives with his mother and step-father in Amarias, an isolated town, where all the houses are brand new. Amarias is surrounded by a high wall, guarded by soldiers, which can only be crossed through a heavily fortified checkpoint. Joshua has been taught that the Wall is the only thing keeping his people safe from a brutal and unforgiving enemy.
One day, Joshua stumbles across a tunnel that leads underneath the Wall. The chance to catch a glimpse of life on the other side of The Wall is too tempting to resist. He's heard plenty of stories about the other side, but nothing has prepared him for what he finds . . .
Set in a tense reality closely mirroring Israel's West bank, this deeply affecting parable of a boy who undertakes a short journey to another world lingers long after completion.
I must apologize in advance for the tear drops splattered across this review. I tried to contain them but they just kept coming. The Wall is one of the most hauntingly beautiful books I've read in many, many years. While The Wall is set in a fictional location its plot and what it represents is very real.
Joshua is such a great, moral character. He tries so hard to do what is right knowing what it would cost him and those he loves if found out. Joshua is a true force for good in a world that sometimes is anything but. When he finds himself over The Wall I could feel his wonderment and sorrow at the disparity in the lives of the people living in its shadow unfortunate to be on "wrong" side.
Leia is a girl living on the wrong side of The Wall. When she meets Joshua she does the unthinkable and shelters him in her house until the threat passes. What starts out as a meeting of chance blossoms into so much more. I fell in love with this little girl from the wrong side of the tracks. We don't get to see much of her but when we do the Author makes it count. How this girl with so few lines could make me feel so much emotion at her scenes truly is a credit to the great writing from the Author.
Overall, I loved The Wall with its beautiful writing, sympathetic characters and realistic plot. In fact, I think this book should be required reading for middle school children. It would do them good to read about the west bank more and the struggles those people go through each and every day. I guess what I'm trying to say is I highly recommend picking this one up, recommend it be stocked in your local library and share it with friends. Yes, it was that good. In the end, I will be rating The Wall by William Sutcliffe ★★★★★.