The Wall by William Sutcliffe

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The novel’s ending is emotionally moving, but that and Mr. Sutcliffe’s often handsome prose are not enough to overcome the book’s shortcomings.
-NY Journal of Books

Synopsis

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.
 

About William Sutcliffe

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William Sutcliffe was born in 1971 in London. He is the author of the novels Are You Experienced, The Love Hexagon, New Boy, and Bad Influence. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife, the novelist Maggie O’Farrell, and their son.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Walker Childrens. 305 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
on May 01 2013

The book might be effective in a classroom setting; it’s likely to be confusing unmediated.

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NY Journal of Books

Below average
Reviewed by David Cooper on Jun 11 2013

The novel’s ending is emotionally moving, but that and Mr. Sutcliffe’s often handsome prose are not enough to overcome the book’s shortcomings.

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