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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.
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.
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.
‘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
|Publication date:||5th April 2018|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Year Groups:||Key Stage 2|
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:More About Julia Green