Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 9 - 12Grades 4 - 6n/a5.680745
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. 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
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published on March 24, 2015 by Algonquin Young Readers
ISBN-10: 1616203722
ISBN-13: 9781616203726
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    llehlersTuesday, September 1, 2015 at 12:42 pm55 starsFeatured
    This book was FANTASTIC!!!! The writing quality and use of suspense, foreshadowing, and numerous, chilling perspectives in the novel by gifted author Nova Ren Suma landed this novel at the top of my favorites list. The characters are honest and real, brutal and twisted, misjudged and misunderstood. Tension builds with every sentence and chapter as you wait to find out who's really innocent and who has or hasn't gotten what they deserve. This book gives weight to the idea that everything isn't always black and white and that the line between justice and injustice, true and false, is a lot foggier than you think it is. Everyone should read this book. "The Walls Around Us" is an exceptional read.