Reader Reviewed Walking Mountain by Joan Lennon

Walking Mountain

Written by Joan Lennon

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In a nutshell: thoroughly charming and original fantasy adventure

Joan Lennon’s new fantasy adventure is hugely entertaining, with a vividly described other/future world, and as unusual and appealing band of unlikely heroes as you could hope to meet. When they realise that the mountain on which they live is moving, Pema’s family send him to the nuns on its summit for help. Things don’t go to plan, and instead Pema and a girl called Singay, reluctant and rebellious novice, break into the mountain itself. There they find Rose, an alien, inadvertently responsible for the moving mountain. The three set off together to save the world, with varying degrees of enthusiasm. Their journey will be dangerous, and full of more unexpected adventures. Lennon breathes real life into the quest formula, filling the story with light, life and humour, and making us feel more and more attached to her characters as the story unfolds. ~ Andrea Reece

One to recommend to fans of Angie Sage and the Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.

Reader Reviews

In addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts, some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here

  • Llew Harrison, age 10 - 'A dramatic adventure involving fake identities, crazy ladies, faith, riding in the Aubergine and seas splitting open... Star rating:*****'
  • Miyah Smith, age 11 - 'This is an excellent book, well written and sometimes quite moving. I would recommend it to most people my age.'    
  • Harsh Budhdeo, age 10 - 'Interesting and really liked reading it.'
  • Bella, age 10 - 'When the story got going it was really really good.  I loved the journey and the friendship, then ending was really exiting and good too.'
  • Seren Daly, age 10 - 'The Walking Mountain was exiting, adventurous, tense, and sad. You won't regret reading it.'
  • Rose Hopkins - 'When I say I love this book I really mean it – it’s now my favourite book and I’m looking out for other books by this author.'
  • Emma, age 11 - 'I found this book very hard to get into but if you have a good imagination then it will be easier to understand.'
  • Miyah Smith, age 11 - 'It was an epic adventure story and I never would have guessed so much could happen in one book.'
  • Ella O'Gorman, age 12 - 'An intriguing, original and highly imaginative tale of adventure, bravery and sacrifice. It's filled with great characters and moves along at an exciting pace that makes it compelling reading.'
  • Emily Locket - 'This book is one of a kind as it’s unusual for a mountain to move. It’s an unusual for a book to contain adventure, science-fiction and fantasy all in one book- but this one manages it!'


Walking Mountain by Joan Lennon

Every year, for as long as anyone can remember, the Mountain has moved a little northwards. But now it's moving in the opposite direction. And it's picking up speed. Pema is sent by his grandparents to consult the Sisters of the Snow, the Keepers of the Mountain, but his enquiries are met with stony denial. Singay, a rebellious apprentice Sister knows different and secretly shows Pema cracks in the rock. Then she invites him inside the Mountain where they meet Rose, the Meteor Driver who is literally trying to hold everything together.

This unlikely trio embark on an epic adventure which leads them far beyond the safe, closeted world they know. And as they learn the terrible truth about the Walking Mountain their journey becomes a race against time to save the entire planet from disaster.

Set in a future world in which greed, corruption, hypocrisy and blind ignorance threaten the very fabric of the planet, Joan Lennon's novel has all the qualities of a classic quest - peopled with a fabulous cast of extraordinary characters and animals, it is witty, lyrical, dark, powerful, and constantly surprising. And at its heart is the friendship between three disparate and unforgettable characters, a bond that has the reader cheering them on until the novel's extraordinary conclusion.


Praise for Silver Skin:

‘Fascinating, absorbing and exciting ... recommended’ – The Bookbag

for Questors

‘. . . well-rounded characters, which change and face personal demons; there is humour, quirkiness and complexity and the worlds are vividly and excitingly realised. Definitely a writer to watch’ Book Trust

‘. . . entertaining, amusing, with carefully drawn characters and a well-thought-out plot, Joan Lennon’s sci-fi is a latter-day Gulliver’s Travels that takes the reader to delightfully imagined worlds’ Scotsman on Sunday

for The Seventh Tide

‘Throughout the story, the Scottish locations are vividly evoked. The characterisation is warm and rich. Events are compelling, inventive, exciting, and poignant by turns. The humour is frequent, intelligent, and genuinely funny. The Seventh Tide is an outstanding fantasy adventure, very highly recommended. And there’s even a heroic librarian!’ Antonia Gray, Write Away

About the Author

Joan Lennon

Joan Lennon was born in Canada and came to Scotland in 1978. She has had a wide range of jobs from ice-cream sundae constructor to piano teacher to Putzfrau at the Munich Olympics. She has written novels for all age groups and is attempting to break the world record for the largest number of books to include the word "ferret" somewhere in them. She has appeared all over the UK at book festivals, libraries and schools, where she gives talks and leads workshops for readers and writers of all ages. She has been a Hawthornden Fellow, the Jessie Kesson Fellow, a resident at the Chateau de Lavigny, and has received a Creative Scotland Writer’s Bursary. Her most recent book, Silver Skin (BC Books, 2015) was shortlisted for the Scottish Teenage Book Trust Prize 2017. Read a Q&A with the author about Silver Skin here and read a Q&A with the author about Walking Mountain here. She now lives in Fife, a Kingdom which is said to have the shape of a dog's head. If this is true, her house is on the tip of the ear, which explains a lot. Joan has a husband, four tall sons, one short cat, and has decided to go on writing forever.

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224 pages


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Birlinn Ltd an imprint of Birlinn General

Publication date

1st June 2017




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