Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2014.
In a world where animals no longer exist, 12-year-old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists, either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he's told there's something wrong with him. So when he meets a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach, Kester thinks he's finally gone a bit mad. But the animals have something to say....
The pigeons fly Kester to a wild place where the last creatures in the land have survived. A wise stag needs Kester's help, and together they must embark on a great journey, joined along the way by an over-enthusiastic wolf cub, a spoilt show cat, a dancing harvest mouse, and a stubborn girl named Polly. The animals saved Kester Jaynes. But can Kester save the animals?
©2013 Piers Torday (P)2013 Quercus Publishing Plc / WF Howes
"A darkly comic and hugely inventive adventure .... it could be the next big thing" (Eoin Colfer)
"Inventive, with laughs, tears and cliffhangers" (Sunday Times)
"The sequel had better come soon" (Observer)
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