Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 8
- Grade: 1 to 3
In the middle of the twentieth century, in the middle of Eastern Europe, a young girl dreams of adventures far and near. One day, a huge wall appears that separates East from West, and dreamer from dreams. No ladder is high enough, no tunnel deep enough to get past that wall. But then a crack appears in the wall, and the girl (now a woman) knows she has the chance to follow her dreams again.
About the author
"...the poignant longing for freedom shines through." —Kirkus Reviews
"Tomova shares her experiences of growing up behind the Iron Curtain in the 1960s, brilliantly contrasting that experience with the freedom of the wind she imagines is at the heart of the life she's remade for herself in Newfoundland. Mixed-media illustrations sweep readers into both of Tomova's worlds."—Globe and Mail, The Globe 100: Our Favourite Books of 2020
"The multimedia illustrations are rich and layered in both concept and construction. Their handcrafted appearance—with visible brush stores, scratchings that cut through paint to show the canvas, and glued-on feathers, fabrics, and cut-outs of embroidered flowers—visually conveys something of the depth and texture of lived experience." Quill & Quire (Toronto, ON)