View from the 32nd Floor by Emma Cameron
A lovely little story this about community and the positive role that children can have on old people and old people can have on children.
William Roland lives on the 32nd floor of an apartment block and his friend Rebecca lives on the same floor but in the building next door. They see each other across the gap and become friends.
Both children have their quirks with William changing his name everyday by combining meaningful names from different languages. Every chapter tells of todays name and the meanings in their own language. Rebecca has a walking deformity which is accepted by everybody and is not an issue in her life.
Both children are interested in the other tenants that share their buildings, most of them old and lonely. The contact that they have with the old people has a positive affect on all their lives.
Drama and expectation is maintained throughout by the reactions of the old people to the children and their efforts to get everybody involved. I hope I live in such a community when I am old.
Gently written by Emma Cameron whose book Cinnamon Rain is also one of my favourites and previewed elsewhere on this blog.
Primary and Intermediate in appeal but we can all enjoy this gem.