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Written by D.J. Brazier

Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks Thrillers Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

LoveReading View on Alone

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


Alone Synopsis

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?

Alone Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • 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!'

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ISBN: 9781783444038
Publication date: 05/05/2016
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783444038
Publication date: 5th May 2016
Author: D.J. Brazier
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 272 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Thrillers, Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children
Other Categories: Books for Boys

About 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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