The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

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The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
AuthorPeter Sís
IllustratorPeter Sís
Cover artistPeter Sís
CountryUnited States
GenreMemoir, non-fiction
PublisherFarrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date
August 21, 2007
Media typePrint
943.704092 B 22
LC ClassNC975.5.S57 A2 2007

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain is a children's book written and illustrated by Peter Sís.[1] It received both the American Library Association's Caldecott Honor and ALA's 2008 Robert Silbert Medal for the most distinguished informational book for young readers. It is a memoir on Sís's life under the Communist rule of Czechoslovakia, the oppression he faces and his dreams of leaving for America.[2] The book mentions adult topics such as Laika, Prague Spring and Plastic People of the Universe. This book is about a boy who grew up on the Communist side of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War.


  1. ^ Sís, Peter (2007). The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. New York: Frances Foster books, Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 0-374-34701-8.
  2. ^ Marcus, Leonard S. (11 November 2007). "The Cold War Kid" (review). New York Times.