The Memory Wall
Severkin is a brash, brave gray elf treasure hunter. He slinks through the shadows of Wellhall's spiraling stone towers armed with twin daggers and a blow and arrows, plundering ancient ruins, and slays fearsome monstrosities with ease.
Nick is twelve, and not Severkin - not in real life, anyway. Nick is convinced his mother's diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's is a mistake, but no one believes him. His only escape is the high-fantasy online multiplayer world of Wellhall, where, as Severkin, he can face any problem with strength and skill. But then Nick finds himself fighting alongside Reunne, an older gray elf who reminds him someone he knows in real life, someone he thought he had lost. And worlds begin to collide...
"Most poignant, the details and realities of Alzheimer's are depicted with care and accuracy. The severity of the disease and the impact is has on an entire family are brought into sharp focus... A complex and emotionally rich selection that offers a nuanced and needed perspective on the grieving process."
-School Library Journal
"Rosen adeptly explores memory and personal history as well as the loneliness of losing a parent, the complexity of biracial origins, and the metaphors of a quest and a divided city... Thoughtful, earnest and gratifying."
"Rosen crafts a complex, emotional story about grief and acceptance... a strong, thought-provoking novel."