Reader Reviewed The Wilderness War by Julia Green

The Wilderness War

Written by Julia Green

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One of our Books of the Year 2016 | June 2016 Book of the Month - In a Nutshell: protest – friendship – the great outdoors

At a time when children are accused of disconnecting from the natural world Julia Green’s story of kids protecting their patch of wilderness is particularly important. The scruffy woods at the end of his street mean a lot to Noah. It’s more than just a place for him and his friends to play away from adult supervision. Noah needs that connection to the wild world, and when he sees a For Sale sign go up he feels physically sick. His friends feel just as strongly and a war against the developers breaks out before the children discover that the law can protect what matters to them. An exciting, often funny story, with a lovely sense of why nature is so important for us all.~ Andrea Reece

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Recommended for fans of Michael Morpurgo and readers who enjoy this story will also like The Secret Henhouse Theatre and The Farm Beneath the Water by Helen Peters.

Reader Reviews

Kids 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.

  • Alex Hall, age 10 - 'I liked this book as it was jam-packed with wildlife and action. I also loved the information at the back of the book, e.g how to make a wild fire and how to create a wildlife pond.'   
  • Liam Hill, age 7 - 'I really liked The Wilderness War because it was an exciting book. The children in the book want to keep their Wilderness safe and they do loads of different things to do this.'
  • Emily Morgan, age 7 - 'I would recommend this book for children that like adventures.'
  • Abdulazeez, age 10, Baring Primary School - 'This book shows teamwork, friendship and why we should let Mother Nature live.'
  • Emily Yates, age 9 - 'The Wilderness War is a fast-moving, exciting novel about fighting for what you love.'
  • Caye Gould - 'A story with a message that children should look after the world they live in and be positive for what they believe in...beautifully written.'
  • Martha Cox, age 7 - 'I loved this book and would definitely recommend it to all nature lovers! It's a fun story about a group of friends trying to save a wild place where they play together.'
  • Alex Bateman, age 10 - 'This is a wonder of a book that teaches you a crucial lesson about the wilderness and is a must read for anyone interested in animals, books and the wilderness.'

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The Wilderness War by Julia Green

This is our place and we'll fight to save it! A summer spent in the place Noah and his friends call the Wilderness, is a summer spent making dens, sleeping under the stars, and toasting marshmallows over an open fire. It's freedom. Until one day their Wilderness is sold and set for development and their dens torn down to make way for houses. For Noah and his friends this means war and they'll do anything to stop the Wilderness being destroyed. From the author of Seal Island, this exciting new adventure celebrates the outdoors and the freedom to explore it - and with the exclusive, fun tips and ideas in the back of the book, you can make the best of wild spaces too!


'A feel-good tale about standing up for what you believe in and celebrating the outdoors.' The Bookseller

'Resonating with a timeless, magical feel, and with echoes of classics like Tom's Midnight Garden, Green writes of family secrets and wild foxes in this outstanding novel for younger readers.' Bookseller

About the Author

Julia Green

Julia Green lives in Bath and has two sons. She writes fiction for children and young adults and is the Course Director for the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Julia leads creative writing workshops for children and adults in a variety of settings, including festivals and schools and for the Arvon foundation. She has worked as an English teacher in school, as a lecturer in FE, Higher and Adult Education, as a tutor for young people not in mainstream school; she has also been a publicity officer, a sub editor for a publishing company and a library assistant at a medical school in London. Julia’s novels for teenagers are published by Puffin and Bloomsbury and are translated into several languages. Tilly’s Moonlight Fox is her first novel for Oxford University Press.

Author photo copyright: Kim Green

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320 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

2nd June 2016




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