The Story behind the Story
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Over the Wall
- "John H. Ritter tackles tough subjects relating to violence in sports, religious hypocrisy and the Vietnam War while creating layers of metaphors that neatly unfold as the story progresses.... A powerful lesson in compassion."
- "Suspenseful...outstanding...There is so much here to recommend...This is a profound book, unusual for YA fiction."
—Claire Rosser, Editor of KLIATT
- "A profoundly poignant story around complex developmental and historical issues...Readers are left questioning societal mores and values, rules and politics, and their own moral development...Over the Wall sends the message to readers that we have the inner resources to heal; that with compassion for self and others, we can scale walls of fear, insecurity, ignorance, and pride--a much needed prescription for today's youth...A grand slam."
—The ALAN Review
- "Over the Wall is wonderful!! I started it on the flight back yesterday and didn't want to stop reading and get off the plane! ...[John H. Ritter] has done it again."
—Helma Hawkins, Director of Youth Services, Kansas City Public Library
- "John H. Ritter has written a powerful story with well-developed characters, realistic dialogue, and strong plot. ...another fantastic novel! Everywhere I go, I rave about his two books..."
—Beverly Chin, Univ. of Montana, past president of NCTE
- Winner of the Parents' Guide to Children's Media Award by Shenendoah University.
- Named to the New York Public Library's elite 72nd annual "Books for the Teen Age" list.
- Named to the Texas Lone Star List for 2001.