Reader Reviewed Perijee & Me by Ross Montgomery

Perijee & Me

Written by Ross Montgomery

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One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and March 2016 Book of the Month You can rely on Ross Montgomery to put an unexpected twist and an extra helping of humanity into his stories, no matter how zany. Perijee is an alien Caitlin finds on the beach near her home. Though he grows at an alarming rate, eats everything, and sprouts limbs seemingly at will, to Caitlin Perijee is immediately a friend, something to love. Sadly, no-one else has her perspicacity or heart: when the rest of the human world discovers Perijee, the response is fear and aggression. The effect on Perijee is devastating, he’s forced into fight mode too. Only Caitlin can save her friend, and the world. What follows is a mad adventure, funny and exciting in equal parts, and containing an important message about love, kindness and trust. ~ Andrea Reece

For more out of this world stories, try Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Cosmic and The Astounding Broccoli Boy.

Reader Reviews

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  • Romilly Dally-Fitzsimons, age 9 - 'This is the most amazing book I have ever read!!!!!! I absolutely adored this book, it is truly wonderful.  It made me laugh and cry proper tears!'
  • Phoenix, age 8 - 'Perijee and Me is a very emotional book with a lot of exciting words. I would give it four stars. I loved it!'
  • Rachel George - 'This was a weird and fun Book. Caitlin finds a white prawn-thing on the beach, which turns out to lead to all sorts of havoc! Caitlin will try to help, but can she stop it in time?'
  • Emily Yates, age 9 - 'Perijee and Me is an emotional rollercoaster of a book, you never know what will happen next. The best book I have reviewed so far!'
  • Lewis Briggs, age 7 - 'I think the book is fantastic and really gives good imagery in my head. It was exciting and my favourite part was all of it!!! I would recommend this to my friends.'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 10 - 'I really enjoyed this brilliant book and I give it 10/10...I recommend this book to 10+ alien fanatics and if you like stories about friendship.'
  • Joshua Zinkin, age 11 - 'This is one of the  most gripping books I've ever read, and I would rate it 10/10. It has a fantastic storyline, as well as a heartwarming feeling.'
  • James McNichol, age 6 - 'It deals with the subjects of friendship, family, loneliness, loyalty and betrayal better than any book I have read for a long time...A big thumbs up.'
  • Alex Hall, age 9 - 'I liked the author's imagination and his use of vocabulary, which made the story come alive. It was a book about friendship and trust.'
  • Ava and Olivia Townsend, age 6 & 4 - 'The theme is perfectly pitched for our 6 year old but is sophisticated enough for older readers too.'
  • Luke Overett Somnier, age 9 - 'I recommend Perijee & Me as I really enjoyed reading this story.The book is full of surprises and twists and the author has used a lot of imagination...From cows to comets, it's a fun and engaging story for anyone of 7 years and up.'
  • Hermione Chaytors, age 7 - 'Weird but fun! I really enjoyed this book and I wish I could have my very own Perijee!'
  • Miyah Smith, age 10 - 'I really enjoyed reading this interesting and cleverly written book. It was full of excitement and humour.'
  • Matthew George, age 7 - 'Perijee and Me is a great fantasy story.'
  • Jennifer Wood, age 7 - 'Quite an odd book, but strangely enjoyable to read.'
  • Olympia Bonte, age 8 - 'Every moment of the book there is something exciting and you are using your imagination.'

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Perijee & Me by Ross Montgomery

When 11-year-old Caitlin discovers a shrimp-like alien creature on the shores of her island home, she takes responsibility for teaching it about the world. Mostly, this just involved stopping little Perijee from eating everything! Caitlin becomes increasingly close to her alien friend, treating him like a brother.

There's only one problem - Perijee won't stop growing.

Then the authorities try to hunt him down and through his fear, Perijee disappears and starts causing trouble. Caitlin must leave home and travel across the country to try and convince Perijee to stop destroying everything before it's too late.


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Underneath this barking mad romp there's a moving message about love, loss, fear and identity. A highly original debut novel Daily Mail

About the Author

Ross Montgomery

Ross Montgomery started writing stories as a teenager, when he really should have been doing homework, and continued doing so at university. After graduating, he experimented with working as a pig farmer and a postman before deciding to channel these skills into teaching at a primary school. He wrote his novel when he really should have been marking homework. He lives in Finsbury Park with his girlfriend and many, many dead plants.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 9 to 11 years


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Faber & Faber

Publication date

3rd March 2016




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