The Tightrope Walkers by David Almond
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Dominic Hall loves spending time with the girl next door. As they learn to walk on an improvised tightrope, he slowly falls in love with her. Together, they may be able to break the bonds that have held their previous generations hostage in a dead end and dangerous job. Yet he also has an unexpected pull toward Vincent McAlinden. Vincent is a wild child that notices and nurtures a killing nature in Dominic. Although Dom has the potential to make something of his life, he also has the potential to wreak havoc on those around him. Which will he choose?
The Tightrope Walkers is a coming of age story that will pull on the thoughts of most readers. Although the story takes place in northern England, the events that transpire and the issues that are addressed transcend time and geography. Almond has created a small cast of characters with strengths and flaws we can all recognize. I found myself in tears and quickly turning pages to discover the outcome. A good selection for readers who enjoy a realistic story that is not easy to predict.
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