The Last Wild

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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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Twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes thought he had discovered the last wild animals in the land. He thought his adventure was over. He was wrong. Below the sparkling city of Premium, deep underground, a dark wild remains: animals who believe the time is right to rise up against their human enemies. And soon Kester realizes: he is the only one who can stop them. Kester Jaynes saved the animals. Can he save the humans too? The sequel to Piers Torday's The Last Wild takes the adventure from country to city, with all of the first book's excitement, humor, and heart.
PRAISE FOR THE LAST WILD
"A hugely inventive adventure." -- Eoin Colfer
star "Alternately somber, thrilling, and silly, filled with eccentric human and animal characters with distinctive voices. That includes Kester--although his fellow humans see him as silent, his courage, actions, and growth speak volumes."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"When ninety-nine pigeons smash through the windows of Kester's prison and carry him North to the last of the animals.... it's a moment as thrilling as when James flies off in the Giant Peach. Highly recommended"--The Times (UK)
AWARDS FOR THE LAST WILD
An Indie Next Selection
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
Finalist for the Waterstones Children's Bok Prize
Finalist for the UKLA Literacy Prize

About the Author:

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 followed by the sequel (and concluding volume) The Dark Wild. You can find out more about Piers and follow his blog at www.pierstorday.co.uk.

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