The Wall

The Wall : Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

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A NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER "I was born at the beginning of it all, on the Red side the Communist side of the Iron Curtain." Through annotated illustrations, journals, maps, and dreamscapes, Peter Sis shows what life was like for a child who loved to draw, proudly wore the red scarf of a Young Pioneer, stood guard at the giant statue of Stalin, and believed whatever he was told to believe. But adolescence brought questions. Cracks began to appear in the Iron Curtain, and news from the West slowly filtered into the country. Sis learned about beat poetry, rock 'n' roll, blue jeans, and Coca-Cola. He let his hair grow long, secretly read banned books, and joined a rock band. Then came the Prague Spring of 1968, and for a teenager who wanted to see the world and meet the Beatles, this was a magical time. It was short-lived, however, brought to a sudden and brutal end by the Soviet-led invasion. But this brief flowering had provided a glimpse of new possibilities creativity could be discouraged but not easily killed. By joining memory and history, Sis takes us on his extraordinary journey: from infant with paintbrush in hand to young man borne aloft by the wings of his art. This title has Common Core connections. The Wall is a 2007 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, a 2008 Caldecott Honor Book, a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year, the winner of the 2008 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Nonfiction, and a nominee for the 2008 Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids. "show more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 56 pages
  • 233.68 x 307.34 x 15.24mm | 521.63g
  • Farrar, Straus & Giroux Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • annotated edition
  • 0374347018
  • 9780374347017
  • 78,833

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& nbsp; " Complex, multifaceted, rich in detail . . . [S i s ' s] concluding visions of freedom are both poignant and exhilarating. " -- Starred, School Library Journal & nbsp; "A masterpiece for readers young and old." -- Starred, Kirkus Reviews & nbsp; "Younger readers have not yet had a graphic memoir with the power of Maus or Persepolis to call their own, but they do now." -- Starred, Publishers Weekly & nbsp; " This stunning book is a MUST for anybody who is curious to learn about the world we live in! " -- Milos Forman, Oscar winning-director of Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo ' s Nest & nbsp; & nbsp; " Peter S i s ' s book is most of all about the will to live one ' s life in freedom and should be& nbsp; required reading for all those who take their freedom for granted. " & nbsp; -- V a clav Havel, former president of the Czech Republic & nbsp; & nbsp; " Peter S i s, who has entranced childrenand adults with his magical stories and drawings, has taken his talent to a new level. Peter, born to dream and draw, is now also teaching the tragic history of his native Czechoslovakia under communism in this beautiful, poignant, and important work for those of all ages. " -- Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State & nbsp; " This extraordinary achievement is a powerful reminder of the hard-won freedoms that drew so many to this country's shores. " -- Shelf Awarenessshow more

About Peter Sis

PETER SIS, a MacArthur Fellow and internationally renowned artist, received Caldecott Honors for Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei and Tibet Through the Red Box. He has lived in and around New York City since 1984. "show more

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