Reader Reviewed Alone by D.J. Brazier


Written by D.J. Brazier

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

Gosh, this is a full on adventurous tale about hope and survival! Then there’s the beautiful friendship between a boy and an otter cub which really gives this story heart and soul. Sam tells his own tale, after the small plane he and his dad were in crashes in an Amazonian jungle river, miles from anywhere. The first sentence seizes your attention, and the book doesn't let it go until the last page. D. J. Brazier has created a jungle that bites, it is scary, and powerful and made me wince and cringe as I read. I felt Sam’s fear and loneliness and admired his grit and determination, I also fell in love with a little otter cub! The story just races along, there are brushes with death, but then there are also moments of quiet, where a beautiful sunrise sears the pages. ‘Alone’ makes you think, makes you feel, and is a thoroughly gripping and enjoyable read. ~ Liz Robinson

Reader Reviews

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  • Khadijah - 'Alone contains enough graphic-survival scenes to simultaneously repulse and delight the young reader. Creepy-crawlies, wild beasts, maddening heat, grime and's got it all.
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 14 - 'I loved how much detail there was in the description of the jungle...The ending was amazing and unexpected as well.  I enjoyed this book and would give it five out of five stars.
  • Lucie Harrison, age 13 - 'I enjoyed reading Alone a lot because it really made me understand what it feels like to survive a plane crash and then survive on your own. I would recommend this book to older boys and girls.
  • Felicity Kerswell, age 13 - 'The book is a really good read! It has everything from emotions to being a bit gross in places!'
  • Edel Waugh - 'The book is filled with adventure, danger, survival skills, and a young boy with a strong will to live...Amazing book!'
  • Sophia Ufton - 'Amazing story!! One of the best, I’ve read in a long time.'
  • Adam Goodman, age 13 - 'An exciting, action-packed and intense book that grabbed me from the start and made me want to read on and on!'
  • Jessica Anderson, age 13 - 'This book was amazing.  I felt like I was with Sam in the Amazon.  Five stars from me!'
  • Dylan Sweet, age 12 - 'Alone is a very exhilarating book which grips the reader from the very start.'  
  • Abraham Fisher, age 13 - 'Alone is a thrilling Bear Grylls style book with a hurtling pace throwing us into a life or death situation. Overall 9/10.'
  • Josh, age 14 - 'Great read, a brilliant and gripping survival story!'
  • Rose Roberts, age 12 - 'Alone is the kind of book that zaps you into its world. You can't put it down, and even when you are doing something else, your mind is constantly thinking about what will happen. It was brilliant!'
  • Emily Price, age 13 - 'I really enjoyed ‘Alone’ and I thought it was amazing. '
  • Great Torrington School - '‘Alone’ is a very tense book.  It’s one of those books you want to really finish, it’s so crazy!'


Alone by D.J. Brazier

The trip of a lifetime - that's what it was supposed to be, paid for with money Gran left thirteen-year old Sam in her will, but when the small plane taking Sam and his Dad back to the airport crashes in the jungle, Sam is left alone and terrified. As time passes with no sign of rescue, Sam grows weaker and has to dig deep to find levels of resolve and resourcefulness he never knew he had in order to survive. Desperate and close to giving up, Sam's spirits are lifted by the arrival of an otter cub whose companionship and loyalty give Sam the strength he needs to keep going. But when disaster strikes, Sam has to make the hardest decision of his life. Can Sam save his friend and make it out of the jungle alive?


Vividly tense Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher and The Shadow Keeper Alone makes you think, makes you feel, and is a thoroughly gripping and enjoyable read. -- Liz Robinson Lovereading4Kids Utterly absorbing Armadillo Magazine Completely engrossing... D.J. Brazier has written with such raw passion, such gruesomeness, such a sense of grit and determination that Alone stands out as one of the most visual books for young teens this year. MinervaReads Alone contains enough graphic-survival scenes to simultaneously repulse and delight the young reader. Creepy-crawlies, wild beasts, maddening heat, grime and's got it all. -- Khadijah for

About the Author

D.J. Brazier

D. J. Brazier has spent half his life abroad, first as the child with parents in the Royal Air Force, and subsequently as a young man, moving to the Middle East in his twenties and spending two decades there, in locations as diverse and fascinating as Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Oman. Now David lives aboard a houseboat named Galaxy, after his otter character. Whilst not a Bear Grylls survivalist himself, David prides himself on having sailed across the Channel and is a keen solo scuba diver.

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

5th May 2016




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Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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