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The House of Light

Written by Julia Green

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The House of Light Review

Adventure Stories Books of the Month Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers

A remarkable, subtle vision of a near and all too possibly bleak future, but one where love, courage, friendship and hope prevail

June 2019 Book of the Month

Border Guards and suspicion keep the inhabitants trapped on a nameless island surrounded by a supposedly poisoned sea and scraping an existence from the land. Bonnie lives with her Granda, who is growing increasingly frail. Bonnie has no patience for what passes as education, although such rule breaking is punishable. When she discovers, first a boat, and then the injured boy who arrived in it, she hides both, which is even more dangerous because any contact with outsiders is unheard of.  Her mother left by sea when Bonnie was a baby. Could this be Bonnie’s route to freedom? But she has both the boy and her beloved Granda to worry about and the mystery of her mother to solve and the Guards on her trail. This is a thrilling read, a truly heart-stopping adventure which has no need to labour the details of the dystopian society in which it is set. The setting is so vividly realised and the nuances of the relationships are so movingly portrayed that the reader is absolutely in the moment with Bonnie. A beautifully written book with a powerful but ultimately hopeful message.

Joy Court

The House of Light Synopsis

Bonnie is scavenging on a beach when she finds a battered old row boat. And under the boat, a bare-footed boy-cold, hungry, and in need of help. The authorities have already been troubling Bonnie and Granda for breaking rules, but how can she leave this boy when he has no-one? Bonnie does her best to keep the boy hidden from the border guards, but as their suspicions grow, she wonders if it's time to escape the life she's always known. Under cover of darkness they set sail to the 'house of light' in search of a new beginning, and a sense of hope.

The House of Light Press Reviews

You can almost smell the salt and feel the wind: a celebration of the great outdoors - The Daily Mail

Praise for To the Edge of the World:

Beautifully written story of adventure, friendship, courage and community and, most of all, it's celebration of the exhilaration and wonder of the natural world - The Bookseller

A poignant story of hope and courage, thrumming with Green's love of the natural world. - The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9780192771568
Publication date: 30/05/2019
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192771568
Publication date: 30th May 2019
Author: Julia Green
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Family / Home Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month

About Julia Green

Julia Green lives in Bath, but her favourite places are wild remote islands, beaches, cliffs and hilltops. She has written more than seventeen books for children and young adults, and is the Course Director for the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Julia’s books for children include To the Edge of the World, Tilly’s Moonlight Fox, Seal Island and The Wilderness War, which was shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Award and the Warwickshire SLS Award. Author photo copyright: Kim GreenWatch a video of Julia talking about Drawing with Light:

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