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From the winner of the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

This is a story about a boy named Kester. He is extraordinary, but he doesn’t know that yet. All he knows, at this very moment, is this:
1. There is a flock of excited pigeons in his bedroom.
2. They are talking to him.
3. His life will never be quite the same again…

Kester lives in a land in quarantine. A deadly virus has killed all the animals except pests and it’s expected to be equally dangerous to humans. But when Kester realises he can talk to the pests, he finds they have great hope invested in him.

A captivating animal adventure destined to be loved by readers of all ages.

Reviews

'An action-packed, dystopian eco-thriller with memorable characters, both animal and human, and a powerful message about the interdependence of man and nature. A promising debut' Daily Mail.
Daily Mail
'A darkly comic and hugely inventive adventure ... it could be the next big thing' Eoin Colfer.
Eoin Colfer
'Splendid stuff' Eva Ibbotson.
Eva Ibbotson
'It's a grim but in no way depressing read, preaching hope amid dystopia' Financial Times.
Financial Times
'Gripping, original and memorable' Francesca Simon.
Francesca Simon
'I haven't read a book this good and interesting since The Hunger Games ... an edge-of-your-seat fast-paced read' Guardian Children's website.
Guardian Children's website
'The sequel had better come soon' Observer.
Observer
'Inventive, with laughs, tears and cliffhangers' Sunday Times.
Sunday Times
'Thrilling ... Written in a vivid, urgent style, its sense of loss at all the creatures we have lost or are losing may be as critical to the new generation as Tarka the Otter' Times.
The Times
An excellent, punchy adventure tale with vivid characters and an impassioned eco message.
The Financial Times
Written in vivid and urgent style ... As thrilling as James and the Giant Peach ... The Last Wild may be as critical to the new generation as Tarka the Otter.
The Times
Full of suspense without ever sacrificing warmth.
Katherine Rundell
A darkly comic and hugely inventive adventure ... it could be the next big thing.
Eoin Colfer
Gripping, original and memorable.
Francesca Simon
A magnetic adventure ... find yourself glued like tar to this satisfying, spine-tingling book.
Samuel H. (aged 10)
Wildly inventive, moving and gripping.
Frank Cottrell Boyce
A must-read: brings to mind the smarts and silliness of Roald Dahl.
New York Post
Inventive, with laughs, tears and cliffhangers.
Sunday Times
I haven't read a book this good and interesting since The Hunger Games ... an edge-of-your-seat fast-paced read.
Guardian Children's website
Splendid stuff
Eva Ibbotson
An amazing story
The Guardian
The sequel had better come soon.
Observer

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