Sarah J. Carlson

Contemporary Young Adult Author

All the Walls of Belfast

All the Walls final coverThe Carnival at Bray meets West Side Story in Sarah Carlson’s powerful YA debut; set in post-conflict Belfast (Northern Ireland), alternating between two teenagers, both trying to understand their past and preserve their future. Seventeen-year-olds, Fiona and Danny must choose between their dreams and the people they aspire to be.

Fiona and Danny were born in the same hospital. Fiona’s mom fled with her to the United States when she was two, but, fourteen years after the Troubles ended, a forty-foot-tall peace wall still separates her dad’s Catholic neighborhood from Danny’s Protestant neighborhood. 

After chance brings Fiona and Danny together, their love of the band Fading Stars, big dreams, and desire to run away from their families unites them. Danny and Fiona must help one another overcome the burden of their parents’ pasts. But one ugly truth might shatter what they have….

All the Walls of Belfast will be released on March 12th, 2019 by Turner Publishing Company.


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Learn about the research behind All the Walls of Belfast.

To see pictures I took on my trips to Northern Ireland, visit my Northern Ireland, June 2016, Belfast July 2015, and Northern Ireland albums.

For book trailers, my ATWOB music playlist, and a few of the videos I used while researching, check out my Youtube channel.