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The illustrations by Angela Harding are beautiful and detailed and add a wonderful addition to the book. They revel in the nature and the seasons, they take care of their environment and the woods take care of them. Yesterday a parent came over to tell me how impressed she was by the book fair and that you did a fabulous job of selling the books to the children first.

She has pushed her mother away all her life, however when she climbs away from her on a birthday visit, October's Dad follows her up the tree and falls. The descriptions of both environments are really well written and one becomes totally engrossed in the development of October as she adjusts. After living ‘in the wild’ with her father she is then transported to a life in the city with her mother. Forced to go to the local school, she finds it very difficult to fit in and her time there is only made bearable by the friendship that tentatively builds between her and another pupil with whom she goes mudlarking on the River Thames.The story leads to a mudlarking-project assembly that she and Yusuf present to the school, sharing the stories attached to the treasured items that can be found. From author Katya Balen for children aged 9-12 years is one of the most beautiful stories that has been published this Autumn. But when a terrible incident disrupts the peace of the forest, October is forced to be crammed into a cage made of concrete and guilt. She has Stig, her rescued owlet and has selected the tree she will plant to commemorate turning eleven. Alternatively, we suggest that you visit your local library and request to borrow a copy from a friendly librarian.

And if she finds the long-lost Forever Fern before the twins, both Jungledrop and our world will crumble. Its incarceration in a cage in the rescue centre, and its subsequent release into the wild again is an obvious – perhaps slightly too obvious – echo of October’s own journey.October, who has just turned 11 and is named after her birth month, lives in the woods with her father.

However he cannot… Soon, October’s caught in the clutches of screaming hospitals, whitewashed bathrooms and the glare of the city while her father lies fighting to mend after a fall. I would've been enchanted with this book as a child, and as an adult I was completely charmed by it too, recommended for middle grade readers and soft hearted adults alike.October lives in an isolated part of the woods with her father- no neighbours, no friends, no schooling and the woman who used to be her mother long gone. October, who has never gone to school and spends all of her time with her father, is extremely close to him and she is, therefore, distraught when a serious accident leaves him hospitalised and unable to look after her. Gradually, though, as Dad slowly recovers in hospital, October starts to adjust to her tamed city life, making friends with a boy in her class and discovering the semi-wildness that is mudlarking on the Thames. The breakdown of the words and the different font sizes at parts to emphasise the loudness was absolutely effective, almost poetic. She lives in South London with her partner, two lazy dogs and an assorted collection of dying house plants.

I love everything about this story, the trajectory of the protagonist, her innocence and awkwardness, the environment, the history and background. To begin with it was not a book I could get into but I put my trust in this book and was very glad to. We also experience the joy of reconciliation, which is something we all yearn for in our broken relationships. Everything in the city is wrong, from the cars and underground trains that make her sick to school, where the other kids tease her.This selection of brilliant stories shows that even if you have nerves about moving, there are adventures to be had and new friends to meet once you're in your new home.

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