The Wild Before
Can one hare alone change the world? A captivating animal adventure destined to be loved by readers of all ages.
One frosty winter’s night, a pure white calf is born on an ordinary muddy farm in the light of a silver moon. This is the legendary Mooncalf, whose arrival has been foretold since the dawn of time.
Hare knows immediately that if the calf is not saved it will be the end of all things.
According to a dream passed down from animal to animal, if the calf dies a great terribleness will come – rising seas, a plague, skies raining down fire… and Hare vows to protect Mooncalf with his life.
Upon Mooncalf’s arrival, the old bull summons all the animals of the farm and tells them of this dream, warning that they must help Hare in his mission before it is too late.
But it’s easier said than done, and soon Hare realises that he must act on his own…
A stunning prequel to the award-winning bestselling The Last Wild trilogy, with themes of climate change, hope and friendship.
‘Piers Torday is the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure’ The Times
Publisher: Quercus Children's Books
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“A prequel to Torday’s Last Wild trilogy that is every bit as luminous as those beloved children’s classics, The Wild Before is a stunning mix of folklore, adventure and environmental awareness.”
“This stunning animal adventure…an unforgettable story of hope and friendship”
FIONA NOBLE, THE BOOKSELLER
“Wild animals put aside selfish ambition to seek better days – a great lesson for us all.”
“The Last Wild books are modern classics – and this prequel is enchanting”
THE WEEK JUNIOR
“An important wee tale”
“A consummate storyteller”
THE I PAPER
“A uniquely enjoyable book”
“One of my personal favourite children’s books of the year”
“A magical and lyrical adventure”
NICOLETTE JONES, THE SUNDAY TIMES