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The Wall

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  577 ratings  ·  132 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Walker Childrens (first published 2013)
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Kristin (Blood,Sweat and Books)
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I must apologize in advance for the tear drops splattered across this review. I tried to contain them but they just kept coming. The Wall is one of the most hauntingly beautiful books I've read in many, many years. While The Wall is set in a fictional location its plot and what it represents is very real.

Joshua is such a great, moral character. He tries so hard to do what is right knowing what it would cost him and those he loves if found out. Joshua is a true force for good in a world th
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Tamsin
I hesitated over the rating for this book, 4 or 5 stars. In the end I went for 5 despite - or because of - its flaws. The situation portrayed is not clear cut, there are no easy answers and no one escapes undamaged by the events in it. I don't agree with one of the other reviewers that the portrayal is one sided; I think the author does a good job of showing that fear on both sides and a failure to see the "enemy" as fellow humans is at the core of the entrenched positions which form the framewo ...more
Sarah
Sep 26, 2013 Sarah rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
The Wall is a hard book to review. It's really an analysis of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, the West Bank in particular, thinly disguised as fiction. Joshua is a young boy on one side of the wall who through a series of fortunate (or unfortunate) events comes into contact with and befriends a family from the other side. The friendship will have profound consequences on his own life and the lives of those around him.

On the one hand, there are many things that William Sutcliffe does just righ
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Susan Abulhawa
Here is the review I published a while ago. (I reserve 5 stars for a select few books in my life; so a 4-star rating is truly a high rating from me)

http://www.palestinechronicle.com/the...

Writing a novel that depicts an oppressed society when you are not a member of that society is a risky undertaking in my estimation. When it comes to the Palestinian narrative, the task is even more sensitive, as Western audiences have mostly been exposed to reductive stories, written by non-Palestinians.
It is
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Marg
In the beginning of this novel, you think you are in a dystopian world with the forbidding Wall and the tunnel which snakes underneath it to the other side into a very unfamiliar world. A tense and gripping read, you soon realise that the setting is a contemporary dystopia - it mirrors what is played out daily in the West Bank. Although never mentioned specifically, the adult reader comes to understand that Joshua is an Israeli and the people on the other side are Palestinian.

Sutcliffe has writt
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Claudiab
*WARNING* THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS

I do not recommend this book due to the fact that it was dreadfully horrible and is not worth anybody’s time. Keep in mind that I’m not simply stating that the book was horrible, but I have evidence that supports my claim.

First of all, the characters in the book were not easy to relate to. I don’t think that many people in the world have ever seen the palestinian territories in person, or have had to deal with checkpoints and curfew. We feel sympathy for
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Alice
I read this book for shadowing the 2014 CILIP Carnegie Medal.

Joshua lives in a fiction town called Amarias, a place where everything is perfect, new and safe. The town is surrounded by a high wall and protected by soldiers, what lies on the other side is the enemy, people who seek to harm them. One day Joshua finds a tunnel which takes him to the other side of the wall. What he finds there is unexpected kindness and a debt of friendship that he feels he can never repay.

Reading that description o
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Rachael
I don't really know what to think about this book. I really enjoyed it but found it slightly confusing and aching.

Joshua is definitely a brave boy I don't think I would have found the courage to go over the fence to get the football, let alone go inside the tunnel and up the other side. The war was never really explained and at times I was wondering who the fenced in people actually were, obviously Leila and her family on the other side were the most restricted with curfews and patrols and havin
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Teri
Sometimes when you pick up a book, it seems like fiction. There is a dystopian feel to the story and as the plot develops and thickens a reader may wonder how society came to be some way. How could a people segregate others, or deny whole groups of people something, because they have determined it to be so. How can an army act a certain way, or how can children be raised to hate or fear others, convinced that some people are so different than them; their way of life so much different.
There is
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Emrys
Wonderful book. The main character is wholly relatable (and I am nowhere near 13 nor a boy). The location where the story takes place could easily be anywhere on Earth, or even in some other universe parallel to our own. Although there are some hints which place Joseph and his world, and these hints grown more specific and more frequent toward the end, after you already know everything important there is to know about him.

I believe this would be an excellent book to discuss in a book group or in
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Sue
Brilliant. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and it is an excellent read. I can't recommend it highly enough it should be read in every secondary school and well worth reading by adults. It left me feeling that even in the most difficult situations that there is always hope even if one person wants to change it.
Pam Saunders
The Wall, ever present, and not questioned until Joshua's football is lost on the other side. When retrieving it, a small act of rebellion, which leads to more and more rebellious behaviour, and unlike the first one, not based on boredom. For Joshua discovers a tunnel, a dark enticing tunnel which he finds he can't resist and having crawled through to the other side he finds a life and people who challenges all he has been told, especially by his step father. How far should he go?

A serious read
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Linda
An extarodinary story about a boy who lives on the West Bank and after loosing a football finds a tunnel that takes him through to " the other side of the wall" where he didcovers a whole new way of living that he was unaware of and meets and befriends " the enemy" .. it tests everything he knows about his daily life, loyalties, friendshps and even his relationship with his parents..excellent sense of place, a bit clunky in places, and not an enjoyable read..but good recomendaion folr lovers of ...more
Yurice
Considering all the details, style, pace, characters, and plot, I would give it a 7-8/10 rating. “The Wall” by William Suttcliffe was a fantastic book just by itself. The protagonist had an interesting personality, his background life was complex, and his character development was satisfying. Joshua, the protagonist, was a character that I found to be kind of naive and sometimes idiotic at the beginning of the story. The author really gave him a youthful naive which truly showed as I looked bac ...more
Ting
I, personally would not recommend this book to anyone due to the fact that I despise this book, “The Wall”. I have this opinion because...
first, the pacing of this book made me dreadful and the ending did not satisfy me at all
second, the plot was, for sure, one of the most exciting topics you would write about however, William Sutcliffe made me want to go find him and throw this book at his face.
Maybe I’m a little harsh on William Sutcliffe or maybe not, but I know that my opinions won’t change
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Grace
I would have to say that “The Wall’ is not my favorite book. Though the author claims that the book is not supposed to be regarded as the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, I sense that when I read the book it should at least be a bit realistic. Reading a class novel I would anticipate that it would shed some insight upon the situation at that time period. The perspectives, arguments, and reasons made by both sides so I could learn more from it and depend on it as a resource I can shape my argument ...more
Sarah
I would recommend this book to somebody else. When I read the few first pages, I’ll admit, I was not hooked in. It took (not too much of) an effort to keep turning pages, but once the story line really took off and we were introduced to the core of this book, I was turning pages and not even minding if I went over what I was supposed to read. One thing that the author did well was create mood--I think that was one of the main reasons that, at least during the middle of the book, I was flipping p ...more
Katey
For the past few weeks in Humanities class, we were required to read The Wall by William Sutcliffe. I personally loathed reading this book; every moment I spent reading this book, I wish I had spent reading a different one. My reasons for disliking this books are as follows: there was very little suspense in the book, it was very mundane until the last few chapters, the character development seemed to be synonymous with “plot”, the voice of the characters was whiny and unappealing, and the endin ...more
Jeremy
Based off of my experience with books we have read in class, I did not have high expectations for The Wall by William Sutcliffe. At first glance, I was thoroughly convinced that this would be an ordinary fictitious novel that overtly approached the Palestine/Israeli conflict with its storyline, but as of now, I am still surprised at how even by my low standards, the book plummets into a pool of utter confusion and chaos and ultimately fails at nearly every level. It is a novel that I advise read ...more
Mara Wiora
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I thought that “The Wall” by William Sutcliffe was an amazingly well written book. I absolutely loved how much effort William Sutcliffe put into explaining moments and I also loved how there are some connections of today’s time in the fictional book. For example I thought that the book was hugely concentrated on the barrier dividing one place from another. That reminded me of the Palestinians and Israelis today in our world. However, not only did the book have interesting real
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Cheryn H
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Yes indeed, I do recommend the novel “The Wall” by William Sutcliffe. The book was filled with realistic scenes, as well as powerful description, and a symbolic conflict within the main character, Joshua. One of the reasons why I enjoyed the book so much was the author’s amazing description. For example, when Joshua went inside of the t
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Alexg
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I do recommend this book. This book gives an accurate display of the Arab/Israeli conflict going on today and this book gave me a better understanding of real-world problems. Although the book can massively drag into a boring, and unexciting book, The Wall had accurate representations, a decent climax, and an interesting conflict. I didn’t necessarily like the book, but I would recommend this to other young adults and teenagers.
One reason why I like this book is because the co
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AndrewS
“The Wall” by William Sutcliffe is a realistic fiction of a teenager named Joshua passing his home town to the other side of the “wall”. Just like the current Israeli- Palestine conflict, the two towns are separated by a single wall, but Joshua got a taste of it while trying to find his lost soccer ball that went over the wall. I recommend this book to everyone, especially people who have interest in the Israeli- Palestine conflict, because as I was reading this book, I recognized that the book ...more
Luca
I would not recommend this book. While this book had a good plot at the start, it eventually became an emotional sob story. I don’t mean Joshua, the main character, has to be “macho-man” or Rambo in his actions, but I believe that the author should have put more effort onto the actual plot instead of focusing a big portion of the book. While characters feelings, if used right, can actually increase the storytelling of a book, I feel that the author overused it and it eventually became filler, be ...more
Alecl
I recommend this book, solely because of the fact that it manages to show the Arab/Israeli conflict. It gives you an inside view of the settlements in palestinian settlements, and shows the difference between a settler lifestyle, and a palestinian lifestyle.
However the book itself does not have a very good plot, and the pacing is also terrible. In the beginning, the author spends so much time describing the smallest of things, and makes the book so slow and time consuming. Also there isn’t much
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Nicholas Larsen
I would definitely recommend this book for anybody who is looking for a book with a great plot and outstanding suspense. Not only does this book entertain you, it also correlates to controversial situations taking place in the real world. The wall showcases the middle-east Arab-Israeli conflict. The main character joshua is on the Israeli side, but the author brilliantly shows the palestinian side too by having joshua travel there. The dangerous situations that Joshua often finds himself in lea ...more
Winston K
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Matthews
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“The Wall,” by WIlliam Sutcliffe, is an amazing fictional story based on a real life setting. I would first like to say that I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone interested in the Israeli and Palestinian conflict in the Middle East. Joshua, the main protagonist of the story, is living in an Israeli-like town that borders the other side, which is supposedly the Palestinian side. I have to say that whenever I read the book, I always related the book into the real life world a
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Sarah Oh
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I don’t recommend this book. The book didn’t keep me turning pages, because it’s kind of a one sided point of view. It talks about the Palestinian side, but the other side’s voice was only heard from a man who has anger issues. For example, Josh goes to Lelia’s house like 3 times. Each time he goes, he learns something new about the other side. Guards are everywhere and people get a limited amount of time to be outside in the night. And the book tells us all about the daily struggles o
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Madisonw
I personally would recommend this book because of the plot rather than the writing. The plot itself is captivating, suspenseful and informative but the writing proved to be at times boring as well as offering details that were often useless. For example, while Joshua is traveling through the tunnel, we know that it’s dark and most likely frightening yet the author tries to elaborate by having almost a page full of how he encounters rats. This was not particularly useful for the story as it had n ...more
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William Sutcliffe is a British novelist.

An alumnus of Haberdashers' Aske's School, Sutcliffe started his career with a novel about school life entitled New Boy (1996), which was followed by his best-known work so far, Are You Experienced? (1997), a pre-university gap year novel, in which a group of young Brits travel to India without really knowing what to expect or what to do there. The Love Hexa
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