Author: Karen Cioffi
Stories for children that show a life lesson in interesting ways and grab the attention of the reader from the first page are the kind of stories that children will read over and over again. And with all the video games and technology to distract a child from reading it is a pleasure to read a book like this one that will get their attention.
Walking Through Walls is that kind of book. It has adventure and a sense of magical mystery that will keep the reader interested. It also has enough deeper meaning that the reader will discover more depth to the story each time it is read.
The story is based on Chinese Folklore and is brilliantly woven into a realistic tale. The main character is a young boy whom the reader immediately relates to because of the boys dreams to have more than he has now. The lure of money and riches sends him on a journey to become an Eternal, one who has magical power. The boy finds that the power is really from within, as he learns to walk through walls. He confronts his heart and his own conscience regarding right and wrong, good and evil as he learns the difference between what he thought he wanted and what was right.
This is a great book for children facing coming of age decisions. The story demonstrates the difference between what you think you want, and what is really important. It also helps the reader to understand that things are not always what they seem as the writer does a great job creating similar illusions throughout the story. I give this book 5 stars for excellence.