BooksforTopics Reading for Pleasure Recommendations
Book Title: Wilderness Wars
Author: Barbara Henderson
Publication Date: August 2018
Most Suitable For: Years 5-6
Wilderness Wars is a gripping adventure story about respecting nature’s power and caring for the environment.
Em is not quite sure what to expect when she and her family move to the uninhabited Scottish island of Skelsay due to her father’s construction project. The harsh remoteness of the island seems at once exciting and terrifying at first. The families will live in a settlement of portacabins and the few children in the group will be taught together by the enthusiastic teacher Mr Johnston (look out for a special guest blog post from Barbara Henderson next week about writing the classroom scenes).
After quickly befriending Zac, who is the only other young person of the same age, Em begins to notice how the project to build a new luxury retreat seems to be facing more than the usual amount of setbacks and mishaps due the island’s natural wildness. Could nature really be fighting back?
Em and Zac encounter a race against time to persuade their families of the danger they really face on Skelsay. Tension quickly mounts in the story as a series of disasters unfold, leading to an almost apocalyptic climax.
Wilderness Wars is an edge-of-your-seat exciting story with a strong environmental theme, making it an excellent addition to classroom libraries in Upper KS2.
Many thanks to the publisher for kindly sending me a review copy of this book.
Look out for a special guest blog post from author Barbara Henderson next week.