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The Last Wild

by Piers Torday

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The Last Wild by Piers Torday
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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 crazy. But the animals have something to say. And they need him. 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 overenthusiastic wolf cub, a military-trained cockroach, a mouse with a ritual for everything, and a stubborn girl named Polly. The animals saved Kester Jaynes. But can Kester save the animals?

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"Starred Review. A sort of dystopian Winnie-the-Pooh, Torday's story is alternately somber, thrilling, and silly, filled with eccentric human and animal characters with distinctive voices. " - Publishers Weekly

"This gentle, dystopian adventure is a good introduction for students who may not have encountered environmental morality tale tropes, such as talking animals, an epic quest, and an evil corporation out to destroy the world." - School Library Journal

"Although Kester's a classic special-kid-who- doesn't-know-it, the reserved narrative tone and tender yet peculiar view of animals give this piece its own offbeat flavor." - Kirkus

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Stressed-Out

Love it!
I read this book for class, and it was amazing! Try reading it someday! Kester is very relatable and seems sweet!

Kim van der wolf

Good book
My little girl (12 years old) loves the book and so do I!

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Piers Torday

Piers Torday was born in Northumberland, which is possibly the one part of England where more animals live than people. After working as a producer and writer in theatre, live comedy and TV, he now lives in London – where there are more animals that you might think. The Last Wild is his first novel, and he is currently working on a sequel. You can find out more about Piers and follow his blog over at www.pierstorday.co.uk.

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