Mystery, Magic, Ghosts ... lots to unpack in this paranormal thriller.

Summary:

Orianna’s life is changed forever after she and Violet (18) were involved in an incident where two girls were murdered. They were dancers, they were best friends, but no more. Orianna is in prison for the murder and Violet remains free.  

Before Orianna got there, something strange happened at the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center. All of the cells were unlocked and there were no correctional officers in sight. Now free, some prisoners attempted to escape, some stayed put, and others went into a frenzy. Finally, the correctional officers returned and restored order. In the process, Amber learned she would be getting a new arrival as her cellmate.  As Amber and Orianna become acquainted, Orianna begins to doubt her role in the murder and no longer believes that she was guilty of the crime but was falsely accused of murder.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (17):
I like to listen to horror stories at night, and reading The Walls Around Us did a great job at putting me in a relaxed state. The story built up slowly, and as I began to make sense of the information described earlier, I got more and more engaged in the story. I would love to see a movie based on this book.

Readers who enjoy suspenseful, supernatural books, movies, etc. will most definitely enjoy The Walls Around Us and should borrow it from the library. This is a supernatural fiction book about two best friends: one behind bars for murder and the other pursuing their dream of dancing as if nothing ever happened. I would recommend this book to those ages 14 and up.

 


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who enjoy suspenseful, supernatural stories and/or those with a social justice element will most definitely enjoy The Walls Around Us. 

Content Awareness Factors:

While reading The Walls Around Us, you will encounter some profanity as well as read about drug use & sexual situations. Out of the 319 pages, there are probably only 10 pages at max in which you will encounter these things, but it is still important to note.


Type of Book:
This is a realistic fiction thriller with a paranormal element, as well as a social justice theme.
Educational Themes:

The most important lesson that I took from this story is that the truth will always prevail. It takes patience to understand that those who are guilty will eventually face consequences. Also, as you near the end of the book, you begin to understand the disadvantages present for lower income individuals. A character in The Walls Around Us who was not guilty of the crime they were charged for had to spend a night in jail and defend their case without a capable attorney. Meanwhile, the individual who was truly guilty of the crime was able to go home within minutes and eat dinner with their family. This shows how money comes into play in certain situations and provides people with advantages that they shouldn’t be provided with.

Reading Level:
5.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
14 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
14 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer's Age: 17
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. It's a great read and an excellent choice for horror and mystery lovers, but probably not one you'll read a second time.

Title The Walls Around Us
Author Nova Ren Suma
Publisher Algonquin Young Readers © 2015
ISBN 9781616203726
Material Paperback
Cost $9.95
Genres Fantasy, Mystery, Horror, Contemporary Fiction
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