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To the Edge of the World

Written by Julia Green

Key Stage 2 Adventure Stories

LoveReading View on To the Edge of the World

In a nutshell: gripping and moving adventure story set in a wild seascape

April 2018 Book of the Month  |  Jamie lives on an island in the Outer Hebrides. He loves its wild beauty and the remoteness too, though he’s aware of just how much they are at the mercy of wind, waves and weather. The island is also home to Mara, a wild spirit not much older than Jamie but, it seems, completely fearless.  Her ambition is to sail her boat out to St Kilda, an island that really is at the edge of the world, and when she finally sets out, pretty well accidentally, Jamie goes too.  It’s a wonderful adventure story and brilliantly told, as much about the friendship between the two children and their efforts to find a place in the world as it is about their extraordinary trip.  

Readers who enjoy this story of courage, resilience and survival will also like Wild Song by Janis Mackay.

Andrea Reece

To the Edge of the World Synopsis

A beautifully written tale of courage, friendship, and survival. Jamie had thought that if he could just reach the boat then he could convince Mara to stay, but now he was on board and along for the ride. There was no going back, they were in this together - sailing to the islands at the edge of the world.

To the Edge of the World Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Amina Hassan - 'An amazing book by Julia green. It was everything a book needs, adventure, suspense, amazing front cover, amazing title , courageous characters and an amazing story line and this book had all of it.'
  • Toby Little, age 10 - 'To the Edge of the World is now my favourite book...The language was so descriptive, I felt I was right there on the boat. Nothing will top this book (but this is only my perspective – read it yourself!).'
  • Seren Daly, age 11 - ‘To the Edge of the World is about never giving up and believing in yourself. It is a beautiful book and I couldn’t put it down...I loved this book and hope others do too.'
  • Lucy Collings, age 7 - 'A great adventure book with a bit of danger in it and we loved Django the dog. I want to be an explorer so if you do too then this is the book for you!'
  • Cecilia Barth von Wehrenalp, age 9 - 'Two kids go on an adventure but find that by running away, they run into trouble...It is exciting, funny at the start, intense and for Jamie, scary.'
  • Issie Ford, age 10 ½ - 'The story takes us on a journey through battling waves to an island shrouded in mystery...This book is very descriptive - you can really feel the wind and waves smashing into you.'
  • Amy Rouse, age 9 - YLolfa Gcg Library - 'An outstanding story of overcoming fear through adventure and friendship.  I like this book because it shows people that are different can still be friends.'
  • Florence Kent, age 11 - West Buckland School - 'To The Edge of the World is an inspiring, heart-warming, beautifully written and wonderfully descriptive tale.'    
  • Zoe Basson, age 10 - 'This story made me want to go on an adventure...I loved the descriptions in this book, it was beautiful and vivid...Overall it was very intriguing.'
  • Sue Wilsher - 'To the Edge of the World is a great adventure story with strong characters and vivid description.'
  • Aoibhe Churcher, age 12 - 'Excellent book! Fills the reader with thrill! One of those books you just can't put down!!!'
  • Rosie Watch - 'What a beautifully descriptive book, so evocative of the remote islands in which it is set. Julia Green writes with an obvious love of the sea and the west coast of Scotland.'
  • Punam Shah, age 11 - 'A marvellous and fulfilling tale about the sea and friendship.'

To the Edge of the World Press Reviews

‘A story as clear and powerful as an Atlantic wave.’ – Nicola Davies

‘It’s such a lovely story of facing our fears and daring to be different.’ – Emma Carroll

‘Absolutely swept away by Julia Green’s new book… a wonderful read.’ – Gill Lewis

Praise for The Wilderness War:

'jam-packed with wildlife and action'   Alex Hall, age 10, lovereading4kids.co.uk

'A feel-good tale about standing up for what you believe in and celebrating the outdoors.'   The Bookseller

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192758453
Publication date: 5th April 2018
Author: Julia Green
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Adventure Stories

About Julia Green

Julia Green lives in Bath, but her favourite places are wild remote islands, beaches, cliffs and hilltops. She has written more than seventeen books for children and young adults, and is the Course Director for the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Julia’s books for children include To the Edge of the World, Tilly’s Moonlight Fox, Seal Island and The Wilderness War, which was shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Award and the Warwickshire SLS Award. Author photo copyright: Kim GreenWatch a video of Julia talking about Drawing with Light:

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