The Memory Wall (Hardcover)

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The Memory Wall (Hardcover)


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This book was so much more than I was expecting!  I suggest you have tissues near you!  Nick's mother is being put in a home for Alzheimer patients.  He doesn't believe that she was correctly diagnosed, and is determined to bring his mother home.  They enjoyed playing a video game together, and the latest version of the game has been released and plays a role in the story of Nick's escape.  The author has given us an incredible view of early onset Alzheimer's and how it effects family members.

— Sue M.

An engrossing middle-grade novel set in a high-fantasy video game world that’s part Kathryn Erskine’s Mockingbird, part Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls.
Wellhall is an immersive online fantasy world full of giants, sorcerers, and elves—and it’s junior-high-schooler Nick’s only escape from real life. Nick and his mom used to play the online video game together before her early-onset Alzheimer’s forced her to enter an assisted-living facility. At first, Nick seeks distraction in the game, but he soon becomes convinced that his mom is playing the game as a character named Reunne, and dropping him hints about her diagnosis and how he can help her return home.
Even as Nick becomes more and more certain that Reunne is actually his mother, Nick’s father and his new friend encourage Nick to confront the possibility that the game is just a game, and that he needs to be prepared to say goodbye to his mother as he knows her. . . .
“Readers—gamers and nongamers alike—will cheer the resolution of Nick’s transformative journey. Thoughtful, earnest, and gratifying.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A lovely, heartwarming story of a young man negotiating personal crises with the help of games, friends, and family, perfect for readers who appreciate a blend of fantasy and realism.” —The Bulletin
“A complex, emotional story about grief and acceptance. . . . A strong, thought-provoking novel.” —Publishers Weekly
Lev AC Rosen is the author of the critically acclaimed All Men of Genius (Tor), the middle-grade novel Woundabout (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), and the adult post-apocalyptic noir Depth (Regan Arts). He received his BA from Oberlin College and his MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Lev is originally from lower Manhattan, and now lives in even lower Manhattan, right at the edge of the water, with his husband and a very small cat. You can find him online at and @LevACRosen
Product Details ISBN: 9781101933237
ISBN-10: 1101933232
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 13th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English
“Rosen adeptly explores memory and personal history as well as the loneliness of losing a parent, the complexity of biracial origins, and the metaphors of a quest and a divided city… Thoughtful, earnest, and gratifying.”—Kirkus Reviews

"A complex and emotionally rich selection that offers a nuanced and needed perspective on the grieving process."—School Library Journal

“Rosen crafts a complex, emotional story about grief and acceptance…a strong, thought-provoking novel.”—Publishers Weekly