Wirewalker by Mary Lou Hall

Fourteen year old Claraence is surrounded by family and friends that are leading him down the path of drug dealing, dog fights and other illegal activity. His mother died in from of him in his home in a drive-by shooting and he is trying to do right by her memory while trying to survive in his neighborhood, a wirewalk. He loves school and gets good grades and lives in his fanasty world where he is a wirewalker or a superhero, to give him courage to do what he needs to do. A teacher at his school, a corner store owner, and his “bodyguard” are his guardian angels, trying to help him down the right path. But reality hits, breaking his fanasty world and forces him to see what could be lost if he does not act. Because he cannot remain a wirewalker forever…

Clarence’s story drew me in and the “what happens next” kept me turning the pages. It made me think about what I would do in his shoes and how his life seemed almost set out for him with few choices to make. It seemed like the ending was abrupt and left a lot of loose ends, which was the only thing I did not like about the book.

I rated a book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

I received an advanced copy of this book from Penguin’s First to Read Program with no requirement to review book.


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