Written by C. J. Flood
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June 2016 Book of the Month From the Branford Boase award-winning author of Infinite Sky comes this smartly-plotted page-turner about intense friendship and discovering unexpected strengths.
Shy Rosie had “never had a true friend” until Titania - Ti - comes along. “Big-boned and fearless-looking”, Ti is everything Rosie isn’t. But they’re both outcasts and become kindred sprits, at their happiest when night wandering through their coastal town. Its one of these wanders that leads them to trouble when Ti is caught in a teacher’s garden (after having done a poo in it). With Ti kicked out of school, Rosie is befriended by cool Kiaru and Alisha. Feeling betrayed by Rosie, Ti and her twin sister Ophelia spiral out of control, leaving Rosie wracked by guilt that she wasn’t there when her best friend needed her most.
As well as exploring the extremes of friendship with remarkable emotional depth, this novel is brilliant on both the social politics of secondary school and family dynamics. I was utterly charmed by Rosie’s little brother, Joey, whose capacity to love and support his big sister, and his relationship with Ti are heart-meltingly sweet. This is a moving, uplifting, read-in-one sitting treat. ~ Joanne Owen
A letter from the author, C. J. Flood
Did you ever nightwander? I began nightwandering with my first true best friend when I was a teen. We’d set an alarm for an hour or so before sunrise, climb out my bedroom window, and head for the fields or school – hearts racing, adrenalin up. We took turns wearing my dad’s sawdusty balaclava, and named ourselves after the burglars from the books we’d read as children. When a rare car passed, we
piled on top of each other in the hedgerows, afraid of getting caught and returned home.
One night, we climbed a fence into our Geography teacher’s garden (with no idea what to do once we landed.) Another, we trod, one after the other, in a metal dog bowl on a patio, attracting the attention of the policeman who slept inside. Once, I confess, we stole a pint of gold-top milk.
But nightwandering, at its heart, was innocent. A chance to be alone together, to roam and speak freely, away from the judgemental eyes of Everybody Else. Our small, ordinary town felt endless and remarkable under cover of darkness, and we marched in the middle of its busiest road, unbeholden to anyone. This is how it started for Rosie Bloom and Titania De Furia, the best-friend heroines of my new novel. At night, the illogical hierarchies of their seaside community cease to exist, and they are queens of Flushing.
This book has been a pleasure to write because it allowed me to return to the aimless spring nights of my youth, when a starry sky and my best friend was all I needed. I hope that reading it will transport you to the aimless nights of yours. And if you haven’t nightwandered lately, I implore you: head outside on the next clear night, convince a dear friend to join you, and step into the darkness for a stroll.
C. J. Flood
To nightwander. To wander aimlessly at night.
Teens & YA's love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our older Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.
- Rebekah Marsh, age 13 - 'Night Wanderers is an endearing young adult novel showing the progression of the two girls friendship and how they deal with sudden tragedies.'
- Ella O'Gorman - 'A heartfelt, emotional story about the intense friendship between two young girls. I loved Night Wanderers and you should too!.
- Rachel Ilsley - 'I would definitely recommend this book...I really like the author’s style of writing and I think the idea/plot of this book is amazing.'
- Francesca Hughes, age 14 - 'A compelling novel about friendship, sisterhood, secrets and the importance of being true to yourself. A must read!'
- Celeste Phelan, age 14 - 'A spectacular book about the beauty of friendship but with twists around every corner...inspirational and moving.'
- Anastasia Abdian - 'Nightwanderers is a great book that kept me gripped all the way. It is beautifully written and described and is in general an amazing book which I recommend to anyone who likes mystery and adventure.'
- Poppy Stephens - 'Hugely enjoyable. Very moving, brought me to tears at one point. Night Wanderers is a great read!'
- Cesca Anderson - 'Nightwanderers is an almost magical page-turner about mystery, loyalty and trust...a funny, meaningful and at times, easily relatable story of insecurity, friendship and hope.'
- John Richmond - 'The language and subject matter are suitable for children no younger than thirteen.'
- Humaira Kauser, age 18 - 'A fun and interesting read!'
- Amber,Year 9 - Ribston Hall High School - 'C.J Flood has managed to create a book that captures the teenage life exceptionally; with relationships, cringing moments, troubles with friends, and family.'
- Edel Waugh - 'Great book! Loved it!'
- Sayna Ahluwalia - 'Dealing with subtle emotions, this poignant book takes you through a roller coaster of emotions- while one page makes you laugh uncontrollably the other fills you with anxiety and fear.'
- Isabel Kardos-Stowe, age 12 - 'I would rate this story 8.5/10. I think it is suitable for children ages 13 and up. I would definitely recommend it.'
- Emily Kirb, age 12 - 'Nightwanderers is a heart-warming book with a touch of mystery and tragedy as well. I highly recommend this book to all teens and tweens it is great and I really enjoyed it.'
- Jasmine Tyler, age 15 - 'Amazing book! Left me needing a sequel. Easy to empathise with characters. Loved it!'
- Isabella Ettery - 'I found Nightwanderers a gripping read about strong relationships and trust.'
Nightwanderers by C. J. Flood
A stunning, sad and darkly funny story about intense female friendship, from award-winning author, C. J. Flood. It all started with a poo in a flowerbed. Rosie and Titania are as close as sisters - closer, in fact. While Rosie is shy, red-faced and passive, Ti is big, tough and daring. They shouldn't be friends, but they are. Creeping out at night, the girls love to secretly wander through their coastal town, exploring empty streets and sharing their frustrations about school and their different, but equally difficult, families. But when Rosie betrays Ti, the two girls run in different directions - making decisions that could do irreparable damage to both of their lives. As Rosie confronts harsh truths, she must find a way back to Ti, and to herself. Whenever I heard the word kindred, I thought of me and Ti.
'The dynamics and intensity of all-consuming teenage friendships are explored with great skill in a powerful and emotional contemporary drama' The Bookseller
Praise for Infinite Sky, the debut novel from C. J. Flood and winner of the 2014 Branford Boase Award:
‘A burgeoning hit’ Stylist
‘A beautiful and lyrical read, it’ll make you feel special while breaking your heart’ Sugarscape
‘Exceptionally good. Moving, open-ended and remarkable’ The Sunday Times
‘It’s tempting to ask what marks [C. J. Flood] out. I think it’s her lack of fear…. Here is a story assured enough and tough enough to be itself’ The Guardian
‘A book that needs to be savoured… The writing is beautiful for its simplicity and it’s hard to believe that this is C.J. Flood’s debut novel’ Feeling Fictional
‘Sometimes a book comes along and fills a hole in your heart that you never knew existed. For me most recently, that book was Infinite Sky’ Fluttering Butterflies
About the Author
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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
2nd June 2016
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