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Summary

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

Critic reviews

"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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brilliant read

Narration fabulous, quirky voiced and brought to life with energy. Downloading the next instalment today.

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amazing book😀<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

I hope this book becomes a film because it is absolutely amazing . thank you

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brilliant

loved it couldn't finish it was so great vey engaging story great one kids wanting adventure

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A great novel for upper ks2 children.

An excellent choice for upper ks2 children. It is well written and a great resource for modelled writing.

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I would rate this 5 billion if I could.This book is for anyone who loves mystery,adventure and clifhangers. If I spelt that wrong then please don't tell me. If you don't read this then your life will not be complete so please read it. It don't matter if you don't love it you will . That was very long so I don't know why I added this part😂

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"Best book I have ever read"

An excellent book
My 9 year old boy says it's the best he's ever read