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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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"Best book I have ever read"

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