All the Walls of Belfast
The Carnival at Bray meets West Side Story in Sarah Carlson's powerful YA debut; set in post-conflict Belfast (Northern Ireland), alternating between two teenagers, both trying to understand their past and preserve their future. Seventeen-year-olds, Fiona and Danny must choose between their dreams and the people they aspire to be.
Fiona and Danny were born in the same hospital. Fiona's mom fled with her to the United States when she was two, but, fourteen years after the Troubles ended, a forty-foot-tall peace wall still separates her dad's Catholic neighborhood from Danny's Protestant neighborhood.
Fiona was about to start a summer job to pay for a field study, her golden ticket into MIT. But then a letter from her allegedly deadbeat dad reveals he's always wanted to be in her life. Fiona returns to Belfast, where she learns the bloody truth her mother sheltered her from--her seemingly sweet father was a bomb maker for the Irish Republican Army during the Troubles. Now there's only one person Fiona can count on, her older half-brother, Patrick.
Danny's alcoholic father wants him to join the Loyalist paramilitary like him, but Danny dreams of making his deceased mother proud by becoming a nurse in the British Army. To reach his officer test and escape his father's abubse forever, Danny must find a way to earn a hundred twenty quid for a plane ticket without getting a criminal conviction. And make sure his father doesn't discover his plan.
After chance brings Fiona and Danny together, their love of the band Fading Stars, big dreams, and desire to run away from their families unites them. Danny and Fiona must help one another overcome the burden of their parents' pasts. But one ugly truth might shatter what they have...
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About the AuthorSarah is a YA author focused on exploring contemporary issues facing youth today. She is a member of SCBWI. All the Walls of Belfast is her debut novel. Currently, She lives near Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and two small children. She has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Masters of Science in Education, and an Education Specialist degree in School Psychology.
All the Walls of Belfast is the gripping story of courage and redemption in turbulent post-conflict Northern Ireland. Brilliantly written, this vivid fiction meets reality novel reveals how two teens navigate life with the fallout of their parents' actions. - Angie Stanton, award winning author of Waking in Time
All the Walls of Belfast is a powerful story about how the stones our parents throw in the past make ripples in our futures. Fiona and Danny's distinct voices weave a colorful tapestry of modern-day Belfast that will stick with readers for a long, long time.- Christina June, Author of Everywhere You Want to Be
[All the Walls of Belfast] is fast-paced, compelling, and unputdownable...This is a story that transcends the scope of the plot and characters and speaks deeply to the needs of our broken world. I can't recommend it enough! - Jodi Herlick, Author and WriteMentor Mentor
Compassionate, honest, and hopeful, All The Walls of Belfast celebrates the power of first love to build bridges and scale walls. - Marie Marquardt, Author of Dream Things True (St. Martin's Griffin, 2015), The Radius of Us (St. Martin's Griffin, 2017) & Flight Season (St. Martins/ Wednesday Books, 2/20/18)
"I loved it! The story kept building and building as I was falling deeper and deeper for these characters, Danny and Fiona, the Romeo and Juliet of Belfast...a stellar debut!" -- Jessie Ann Foley, award-winning author of The Carnival at Bray (Elephant Rock)
"...a young adult romance with real meaning behind it...a welcome addition to the genre." --Foreword Reviews
"An endearing story full of pain, love, and strength." --Booklist