When a wall divides a young girl from her dreams, she yearns to find a way over, around or under it.


In the middle of the twentieth century, in the middle of Eastern Europe, a young girl dreams of adventures far and near. One day, a huge wall appears that separates East from West, and dreamer from dreams. No ladder is high enough, no tunnel deep enough to get past that wall. But then a crack appears in the wall, and the girl (now a woman) knows she has the chance to follow her dreams again.


  • Commended, The Globe 100 2020
  • Nominated, Next Generation Indie Book Awards - Children's Picture Book (Non-Fiction All Ages) 2021


". ..the poignant longing for freedom shines through. " —Kirkus Reviews

"Tomova shares her experiences of growing up behind the Iron Curtain in the 1960s, brilliantly contrasting that experience with the freedom of the wind she imagines is at the heart of the life she?s remade for herself in Newfoundland. Mixed-media illustrations sweep readers into both of Tomova?s worlds. "—Globe and Mail, The Globe 100: Our Favourite Books of 2020

"A unique telling of the immigrant story, serious and charmingly light at the same time. A vibrant, folk-painting feast for the eyes, an organic fusion, celebrating freedom and the natural world. This book gives fresh meaning to the old expression, 'free as the wind'." ~Tom Dawe, author of An Old Man's Winter Night, Spirited Away, Where Genesis Begins, and New and Collected Poems