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A breathless adventure story of courage and survival in a warming climate, from the multi-award-winning author of Boy 87 and Lost.
A boy lives in a remote, snow-bound village with his elderly grandmother. Their traditional way of life is threatened by the changing snow and ice: it melts faster every year. When the sea-ice collapses while he is out hunting, he only just escapes with his life and is left stranded in the Arctic tundra.
Meanwhile a girl is trying to adapt to another new school. Her father promises his new job at an oil company will mean they never have to move again, but not long after he starts, his behaviour becomes odd and secretive. When their fates take a drastic turn the girl's world collides with the boy's and they find themselves together in a desperate search for survival, and for the truth.
Praise for Ele Fountain:
'Fountain writes with verisimilitude and verve. Novels are works of imagination and this book's compassion overrides any questions about the "right to write" - Observer
'[Lost] will arouse compassion for society's lost, reminding readers how small the difference may be between them and us' - Sunday Times
'Full of tension, fear, heartbreak and hope, [Boy 87] conveys both the bitterness of having family, home and identity stolen away piecemeal, and a courageous determination to survive' - Guardian
'Exceptional... vivid, convincing and empathetic... [Boy 87] grips us with the need to know how the heart-stopping events will turn out' - The Times, Children's Book of the Week