A few days late, but I’ve taken time out of my assignment writing to get this month review written! I preach well-being in one of my first blog posts and so I’ve had to put it into practice! Isn’t accountability fun? Anyhow, I didn’t read as much this month due to placement and other things, but I have an INCREDIBLY strong selection of books below for your perusal!
Book 1: The Last Wild – Piers Torday (KidLit, Upper KS2)
I feel hopelessly behind the times reviewing this wonderful book…although I did review Harry Potter last month so I guess anything goes!
Kester Jaynes wakes up, as he does every day, in Spectrum Hall, a home for troubled children. Mute since tragedy struck him years before, he does his best to stay out of trouble in a dreary prison where he is served nothing but ‘formula’. But one day his world changes forever when he realises he CAN talk, just not in the way he thought…
Set in a world where wild animals no longer (officially…) exist, The Last Wild tells a story of adventure, courage and unlikely friendship as Kester must fight against the odds to save what is good in the world, all while piecing together his own family mystery. I was utterly gripped as I followed Kester’s exploration of this familiar, yet tragically different world. In him we have the unlikeliest of heroes, supported by the unlikeliest of teams. Every character is considered and well-defined, and I am unashamed to say I fell in love with the lot of them!
As much as this story is exciting, it is also funny, touching, emotional and relevant. It would lead perfectly into topics around extinction and environmental issues amongst many others. I am currently reading part two of the trilogy and it is already shaping up to be as good! Torday has amassed a legion of fans and you do not want to miss out reading this and becoming one of them!