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The Walls Around Us
by Nova Ren Suma


Overview - An NPR Best Book of 2015
A Boston Globe Best Book of 2015
A Chicago Public Library Best Teen Fiction of 2015
A BookRiot Best Book of 2015
A 2016 YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Books of 2015
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2015
A 2015 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Young Adult

Ori s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees.
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More About The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
 
 
 
Overview
An NPR Best Book of 2015
ABoston GlobeBest Book of 2015
A Chicago Public Library Best Teen Fiction of 2015
A BookRiot Best Book of 2015
A 2016 YALSA Best Book for Young Adults
AHorn BookFanfare Best Books of 2015
ASchool Library JournalBest Book of 2015
A 2015 Edgar Award Nominee for Best Young Adult

Ori s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.

On the outside, there s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer 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 the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there s Amber, locked up for so long she can t imagine freedom.

Tying their 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?

In prose that sings from line to line, Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence, and of what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

A suspenseful tour de force, a ghost story of the best sort, the kind that creeps into your soul and haunts you. Libba Bray, author of The Diviners and A Great and Terrible Beauty
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616203726
  • ISBN-10: 1616203722
  • Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
  • Publish Date: March 2015
  • Page Count: 336
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-18


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Law & Crime
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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-03-16
  • Reviewer: Staff

At first glance, Amber and Violet have nothing in common. Amber, imprisoned at Aurora Hills juvenile detention center for her role in the death of her stepfather, spends her days dreaming of the momentary freedom she and the other inmates experienced when a summer storm knocked out power to their cells. Violet, a ballet dancer on her way to Juilliard, has a long, free life ahead of her—were it not for the guilt drawing her toward Aurora Hills. Their connection comes through a third girl, Ori, who became Amber's new cellmate after the storm, and who was sent to Aurora Hills because of what she did to protect Violet. Suma (17 & Gone) interweaves past and present with a haunting sense of unease, drawing readers onward with well-executed suspense and the compelling voices of her two narrators. The occasional vagaries of the plot are more than redeemed by the strength of the prose, and a startling final twist brings the three girls to a satisfying, if unorthodox, kind of justice. Ages 14–up. Agent: Michael Bourret, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. (Mar.)

 
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