#56 The Wild Way Home by Sophie Kirtley

When Charlie’s longed-for brother is born with a serious heart condition, Charlie’s world is turned upside down. Upset and afraid, Charlie flees the hospital and makes for the ancient forest on the edge of town. There Charlie finds a boy floating face-down in the stream, injured, but alive. But when Charlie sets off back to the hospital to fetch help, it seems the forest has changed. It’s become a place as strange and wild as the boy dressed in deerskins. For Charlie has unwittingly fled into the Stone Age, with no way to help the boy or return to the present day. Or is there?

What follows is a wild, big-hearted adventure as Charlie and the Stone Age boy set out together to find what they have lost – their courage, their hope, their family and their way home.

Paperback | 242 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books; 01 edition (1 July 2020)

Read: 20th July.

Target Audience: 9-12 year olds

This is currently one of Waterstones ‘books of July’. As soon as I saw it featured, I had to have it. These’s an adventure lurking within these pages.

This was easy to read and easy to get into.

I did feel for Charlie in this. Sometimes, it’s hard being a kid when you have all these emotions but you don’t know what to do with them. I would have run like Charlie, though probably not as far. This story was definitely a lesson for Charlie to learn and the adventure itself was heartwarming and unique.

I thought Charlie displayed great courage and bravery but also showed his vulnerable side.

Harby (Hartboy) was a wonderful character and it was such an interesting dynamic to meet a stone age boy. Their adventure proved that you really don’t have to speak the same language to connect.

Easy to visualise and I was enjoying the story so everything was clear.

This is the third book I’ve read today. It was such an enjoyable and absorbing book. I really loved the premise. I became quite fascinated while reading it and the characters were wonderful. It showed that while we can’t control everything, we can control how we act.

I thought this book was quite excellent. I really enjoyed the story, narrative, and characters. It gave me that warm and fuzzy book feeling.

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