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Run Wild

Written by Gill Lewis

Key Stage 2 Stories about Animals Romance / Relationship Stories

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Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | August 2018 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month August 2018 |

A thought-provoking and touching story of the bond between children and nature, from renowned storyteller and award-winning author Gill Lewis.

Award-winning Gill Lewis is renowned for her skilful capturing of the healing power of human/ animal friendships and the importance of nature to all – and especially to children who grow up without much chance to explore it. Searching for a secret place where they can practise their skateboarding, Izzy and Asha discover the perfect spot – the site of an abandoned gas works. But they are not the first to find it. The gas works site is also home to a wounded wolf. Knowing that they must keep its existence a secret the girls take care of the wolf and, in doing so, become involved in keeping the patch of wasteland safe from developers. It is a heartwarming story with a deep theme written in a highly readable way.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for August 2018

Once Upon A Wild Wood by Chris Riddell

Oscar and the CATastrophe by Sarah Horne

Run Wild by Gill Lewis

Peril in Paris (Taylor & Rose: Secret Agents) by Katherine Woodfine

The Garden of Hope by Isabel Otter


Barrington Stoke is the foremost publisher of dyslexia friendly books and those for reluctant readers.  Here on Lovereading4kids we are constantly selecting new titles and refreshing our special dyslexia friendly category.

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Run Wild Synopsis

Izzy and Asha need a space to call their own, away from difficult families, the Skull brothers and the trouble they bring. But the derelict building site where they stake their claim already belongs to something else, a wilderness they never expected and an injured wolf that desperately needs their help. Can they reconnect to the wild and save the wolf? Or is their pack too weak to fight much stronger powers?

A stunning tale of our lost connection to nature and the wild that hides in us all, from renowned storyteller Gill Lewis.

Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+.

Run Wild Press Reviews

“Gill Lewis writes brilliantly about the relationship between urban children and the wild, and this is another triumph ... You’ll be howling for more” The Times

"As a storyteller, Gill Lewis should be cherished and revered. The message of Run Wild is important, nay, essential"  Family Bookworms

"A thought-provoking novel that explores the connection between children and the natural world ...there is a little bit of wild inside us all that risks being lost in the crowdedness of modern life."  Books for Topics

"An absolute triumph ... it's definitely earned a place on my classroom bookshelf just as it should yours!"  The Reader Teacher

"Secrets and solidarity in a powerful contemporary story exploring the bond between children and nature."    The Bookseller

"A lovely, intelligent and heart-warming story of children finding a wolf in their city's wastelands...Marvellous"   Bookbag Blog

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781128282
Publication date: 16th July 2018
Author: Gill Lewis
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 112 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2
Topics: Animals, Romance / Relationship Stories

About Gill Lewis

Gill Lewis worked as a vet in the UK and across the world before becoming the acclaimed author of several books for children, including Sky Hawk and Gorilla Dawn. Gill’s writing has earned her numerous awards such as the UKLA Children’s Book Award and the Little Rebel Award, and several nominations for prestigious awards including the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Gill lives in Somerset.    

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