AUTHOR = EMMA CAMERON
GENRE = FRIENDSHIP, FAMILIES, RELATIONSHIPS, ROMANCE
INTEREST LEVEL = YEAR 7
William is a rather different young boy. For example, he chooses a different name each day (and his parents and friends happily go along with this). He lives on the upper floors of an inner city block of flats and loves nothing more than observing life from this vantage point, in particular, the neighbours in the building across from him. First he notices young Rebecca, a girl of about his age, who walks in a special way. He knows something about each of her neighbours: the older man who spends most of his time watching TV, the young man with the wispy pot plants and the apartment where the curtains are always closed. As William and Rebecca become friends they gradually put names to the faces of her neighbours and learn a bit more about the loneliness behind their lives.
Living in a city can be an isolating experience and it is hard to feel a sense of community with those around you when you all live behind locked doors. So William and Rebecca decide that this needs to change… and their actions bring about extraordinary events.
This is a sweet and gentle novel about the importance of friendship in our lives and the importance of belonging to a community. Younger readers will enjoy the story and the cast of interesting and very credible characters.
This book was chosen as a Notable book in the Younger Readers section of the CBCA awards (2014).
Recommended (dma) ****