Suri’s Wall by Lucy Estala
Published by Penguin Books Australia
There is a saying that ‘you can’t tell a book by its cover’, but invariably I find this is incorrect as the cover of a book should tell the reader something about what they will find inside.
When I looked at the cover of Suri’s Wall, I wanted to know more about the tall skinny girl who was lovingly running her hands along the pinkish greyish stone wall. I felt there was more to her and I wasn’t disappointed.
The blurb says ‘A moving tale of the power of human spirit’ so the reader knows and expects to be taken on a rollercoaster of emotions, which I certainly was.
I read Suri’s Wall three times before I put it down and each reading gave me more of an understanding of Suri’s story but at the same time brought up more questions.
Why were Suri and the other children enclosed behind the wall? Why was there a guard on the gate? What was happening outside the wall?
Suri lives with other children in a fortress surrounded by a wall. Suri is taller than all the other children and feels ostracized, but one day Suri is tall enough to see over the wall and tells the children what she sees and from then on she becomes very important to the children.
Suri tells of a beautiful world of colourful gardens, butterflies and circuses and the children are enthralled and transported to that world.
On every page more of the landscape is revealed through Suri’s stories but is she telling the children what she really sees?
Beautifully illustrated in subtle hues of pinks and greys combined with emotive language such as “starting in her fingers, it ran along her arm, spreading into her chest and tickling the back of her neck’, Suri’s Wall is a story to be read over and over again. Each reading the reader will gain an insight into Suri’s world and feel Suri’s power.
Suri’s Wall is a thought-provoking story that will appeal on many levels to primary school children and parents alike.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Lucy Estala
Illustrator: Matt Ottley
Title: Suri’s Wall
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Published: August 2015