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The Walls Around Us

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“With evocative language, a shifting timeline and more than one unreliable narrator, Suma subtly explores the balance of power between the talented and the mediocre, the rich and the poor, the brave and the cowardly . . . To reveal more would be to uncover the bloody heart that beats beneath the floorboards of this urban-legend-tinged tale.” —The New York Times
 
The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old ballerina days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries: What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?
PRAISE FOR THE WALLS AROUND US:
“A gorgeously written, spellbinding ghost story.” Chicago Tribune
"Unputdownable . . . the well-paced plot reveals guilt, innocence, and dark truths that will not stay hidden." The Boston Globe
“Suma excels in creating surreal, unsettling stories with vivid language, and this psychological thriller is no exception. Along the way, Suma also makes a powerful statement about the ease with which guilt can be assumed and innocence awarded, not only in the criminal justice system, but in our hearts—in the stories we tell ourselves. A fabulous, frightening read.”Booklist, starred review
 

“The wholly realistic view of adolescents meeting the criminal justice system is touched at first with the slimmest twist of an otherworldly creepiness, escalating finally to the truly hair-raising and macabre. Eerie, painful and beautifully spine-chilling.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review
 
#1 Spring 2015 Kids’ Indie Next List Pick
A Junior Library Guild Selection

 

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Publisher: Algonquin Books

Kindle Book

  • Release date: March 24, 2015

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9781616204860
  • Release date: March 24, 2015

EPUB ebook

  • ISBN: 9781616204860
  • File size: 3316 KB
  • Release date: March 24, 2015

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Kindle Book
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EPUB ebook

Languages

English

Levels

ATOS Level:5.6
Interest Level:9-12(UG)
Text Difficulty:4

“With evocative language, a shifting timeline and more than one unreliable narrator, Suma subtly explores the balance of power between the talented and the mediocre, the rich and the poor, the brave and the cowardly . . . To reveal more would be to uncover the bloody heart that beats beneath the floorboards of this urban-legend-tinged tale.” —The New York Times
 
The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old ballerina days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries: What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?
PRAISE FOR THE WALLS AROUND US:
“A gorgeously written, spellbinding ghost story.” Chicago Tribune
"Unputdownable . . . the well-paced plot reveals guilt, innocence, and dark truths that will not stay hidden." The Boston Globe
“Suma excels in creating surreal, unsettling stories with vivid language, and this psychological thriller is no exception. Along the way, Suma also makes a powerful statement about the ease with which guilt can be assumed and innocence awarded, not only in the criminal justice system, but in our hearts—in the stories we tell ourselves. A fabulous, frightening read.”Booklist, starred review
 

“The wholly realistic view of adolescents meeting the criminal justice system is touched at first with the slimmest twist of an otherworldly creepiness, escalating finally to the truly hair-raising and macabre. Eerie, painful and beautifully spine-chilling.”Kirkus Reviews, starred review
 
#1 Spring 2015 Kids’ Indie Next List Pick
A Junior Library Guild Selection

 

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