To the Edge of the World

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Tonight, we went to celebrate the launch of Julia Green's new book 'To the Edge of the World' at Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights. It is a fabulous book which we have really enjoyed reading and look forward to sharing with our classes.

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Lots of familiar faces were there, supporting Julia as she spoke about the book and thanked many for their support. She read a couple of sections from the book as everyone listened, spellbound. It was a lovely occasion to celebrate a lovely book. Our review is below.

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Living on a tiny island, miles from anywhere, might not be everyone's idea of heaven, but for Jamie, it offers a new start, a different way of life away from the mainland, the school and the bullies that had made him miserable.

Here, he meets Mara, a strange, wild girl, who seems completely fearless. She is determined to sail her boat, 'Stardust' to St Kilda, an island at the edge of the world and Jamie gets caught up in her adventure.

Beautifully written, 'To the Edge of the World' richly describes the natural world, enveloping the reader in the sights and sounds of these remote, unsullied islands and the perils of the untamed sea. The close relationship of people living here with nature and their respect for and understanding of it are cleverly woven into the story. Jamie's pride in the traditions of his family and their feeling of belonging to the island add to the strong sense of just how special this area is.

As well as being a great adventure, the story is also one of friendship and courage. Jamie overcomes many of his fears- that of swimming, of the wild sea, of being different- through his friendship with Mara, who seemingly fearless, has her own problems to deal with. Her devotion to her dog is particularly heart warming.

'To the Edge of the World' is a fabulous story with strong characters and vivid description. Well worth a read.

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To the Edge of the World   Julia Green

OUP   ISBN: 978-0192758453