The Last Wild

In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve-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 girl named Polly.

The animals saved Kester Jaynes.  But can Kester save the animals?

Publisher: Quercus Children's Books
Published: 01/08/2013
ISBN: 978-1780878300


Stockton Children's Book of the Year 2015
Calderdale Children's Book of the Year 2014
Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2013
Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal


“As thrilling as James and the Giant Peach”

Amanda Craig, THE TIMES

“I haven’t read a book this good since The Hunger Games”

The Guardian

“A must-read: brings to mind the smarts and silliness of Roald Dahl”


“An action packed eco-thriller with a powerful message”


“A wonderfully strange, and strangely wonderful book”

James Lovegrove, FINANCIAL TIMES

“Inventive, with laughs, tears and cliffhangers”

Nicolette Jones, SUNDAY TIMES

“An enchanted adventure with a message of empowerment and hope”


“Thrilling, filled with distinctive voices…Kester’s courage and actions speak volumes”


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