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Teen Book Club to discuss “The Walled City”

Escondido Public Library’s Burritos & Book Club for teens ages 13-18, meets on Saturday, September 23, in the Turrentine Room from 1–2:30 p.m. The selected title is “The Walled City” by award-winning author, Ryan Graudin.

Copies are available for checkout in the Library’s Teen Area or can be reserved using the Library’s online catalog at Students at Escondido High School, San Pasqual High School, and Orange Glen High School can also check out copies at their school library.

Hak Nam is known to all as the Walled City, a lawless labyrinth run by crime lords and rife with the dregs of society. Dai, originally from outside the wall, was dispatched to the walled city for his actions and spends all his time planning his escape. Jin Ling spends her days under the radar, disguised as a boy, searching the city for her sister. Each needs something from the other, but the dark secrets that both Dai and Jin hold, could bring the walls of the city down on their heads.

“Graudin artfully balances tense action scenes with lyrical language, distinct voices for each narrator, and ruminations that probe the book’s deeper themes of family, regret, and second chances.” – Booklist

After discussing “The Walled City,” teens can share other books they have enjoyed and select the next Burritos & Book Club title. Complimentary burritos will be provided, and all participants receive a free book or audiobook at the end of the program.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Escondido Public Library and Taco Bell. Library programs, events, and services are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia St. For more information about teen programs, contact Teen Librarian Cathy Janovitz at 760-839-4283 or More information about the Library can be found at

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