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The Dark Wild

Written by Piers Torday

Part of the The Last Wild Trilogy Series

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LoveReading View on The Dark Wild

Winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award 2014.    In The Dark Wild, Kester, a twelve year old with a rare gift for understanding animals, thought he had saved the animals from his cruel world where nature has been all but destroyed. But now, buried deep under the bright, shiny and newly built city of Premium, Kester finds a new animal kingdom. Down in their dark wild, these animals are not looking to be loved or cherished by humans, they are looking for revenge. They are poised to bring wholesale destruction unless someone can stop them. Kester loves animals and is sympathetic to them but whatever the wrongs caused by his fellow humans he knows he must do everything he can to prevent this all-out disaster.

Guardian Children's Fiction Book Award Judge Katherine Rundell was wowed by: “an adventure boldly imagined and brilliantly executed: full of suspense without ever sacrificing warmth and wit.”


The Dark Wild Synopsis

Twelve-year-old Kester thought he had discovered the last wild animals in the land. He thought his adventure was over. He was wrong. Below the sparkling city of Premium, deep underground, a dark wild remains: animals who believe the time is right to rise up against their human enemies. And soon Kester realises: he is the only one who can stop them. Kester Jaynes saved the animals. Can he save the humans too?

The Dark Wild Press Reviews

An excellent, punchy adventure  Financial Times

The definition of a good read The Bookbag

A page-turner  The Telegraph

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781848663787
Publication date: 04/09/2014
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781782064855
Publication date: 27/03/2014
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781848663787
Publication date: 4th September 2014
Author: Piers Torday
Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 368 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: eBooks

About Piers Torday

Piers Torday began his career in theatre and then television as a producer and writer. His bestselling first book for children, The Last Wild, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Award and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as numerous other awards. His second book, The Dark Wild, won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. The third book in the trilogy, The Wild Beyond, was published in 2015 to critical acclaim. His next book for children, There May Be a Castle, was published in October 2016. In regular demand as a speaker at schools and festivals, Piers is also a ...

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