Boy In The Tower by Polly Ho-Yen

18657652How did I get the book?  Netgalley, thank you Random House / Doubleday Childrens

Genre: Magical Realism

Synopsis: When they first arrived, they came quietly and stealthily as if they tip-toed into the world when we were all looking the other way.

Ade loves living at the top of a tower block. From his window, he feels like he can see the whole world stretching out beneath him.
His mum doesn’t really like looking outside – but it’s going outside that she hates.
She’s happier sleeping all day inside their tower, where it’s safe.
But one day, other tower blocks on the estate start falling down around them and strange, menacing plants begin to appear.
Now their tower isn’t safe anymore. Ade and his mum are trapped and there’s no way out…

200words (or less) review: This is one of those books that is hard to review, not because I didn’t like it. I really REALLY liked Boy In The Tower – I’m just not quite sure how best to tell you about it.

Ade is a lovely narrator, you’re fond of him the moment the story begins and the more he tells you the more you want to crawl into the pages and help him. Boy In The Tower is in part adventure, Ade and his mother are trapped in their tower but really this book is about friendships and growth.

Something happen to Ade’s mother that made her fear the outside, and when the outside really does become dangerous Ade is left to look after her.

Polly Ho-Yen writes wonderful characters, not just Ade and his mother (I grew very attached to his mother in this book). Ade’s friends are just as special as him. I thought the other tenants were perfect. I didn’t know where this story was going to take me but I loved the journey.

I think Boy In The Tower is a brilliant debut.

Recommend it?


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