Wall by William Sutcliffe

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Utterly different from his previous five novels...The Wall has...been "a huge struggle" to write, but "I've gradually got to grips with a subject that is so complicated that you have to read everything around before you can even open your mouth."
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Joshua is a troubled boy who lives with his mother and stepfather in a divided city, where a wall and soldiers separate two communities and the rubble-strewn residue of their broken world gives hints of the old life before the wall was built. Joshua discovers a manhole, which leads to a tunnel, which leads in pitch darkness under the wall and across to the other side. Forbidden territory, dangerous territory, violent territory, which a boy like him - visibly different - shouldn't stray into. An act of kindness from a girl saves his life, but leads to a brutal act of cruelty and a terrible debt he's determined to repay. And no one, no one must find out that he's been there - or the consequences will be unbearable.
 

About William Sutcliffe

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William Sutcliffe was born in London in 1971. He is the author of five previous novels - the international bestseller Are You Experienced?, The Love Hexagon, New Boy, Bad Influence and, most recently, Whatever Makes You Happy. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages.
 
Published June 4, 2013 by Walker Childrens. 305 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Excellent
Reviewed by Kamila Shamsie on Apr 12 2013

This is not a novel of woolly moral equivalencies or easy solutions, but one that believes in empathy and redemption – and gives them a powerful heart.

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Excellent
Reviewed by SophieScribe on Mar 30 2013

Although predominantly an adventure book, there are sad and moving parts - these are combined in just the right balance for a memorable read.

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Good
Reviewed by Alison Flood on Mar 30 2013

Utterly different from his previous five novels...The Wall has...been "a huge struggle" to write, but "I've gradually got to grips with a subject that is so complicated that you have to read everything around before you can even open your mouth."

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