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Written by Darren Simpson

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Furthermoor Review

Adventure Stories Books of the Month Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

Bravery, friendship and family bonds propel this fantastical, emotional quest

March 2022 Book of the Month

At its core, Darren Simpson’s Furthermoor is a heartfelt, pacey quest that tells of a boy’s struggle to find a way through grief and bullying. Poignantly underpinned by a comforting belief that loved ones we’ve lost never truly leave us, this highly readable fantasy-meets-real-world novel sees a broken family coming together.

Ever since Bren’s sister Evie was killed in a car crash, he’s isolated himself from everyone. He spends his days at school trying to avoid truly atrocious bullies, and in place of playing football with his mates in his free time, he’s retreated into Furthermoor, a weird world of mechanical animals, where Evie is still alive. Bren feels safe in Furthermoor, until Featherley flits onto the scene, a strange creature who speaks uncomfortable truths and compels Bren to confront his fears: “You’re letting yourself down, young fleshling. A master in this realm, a runt in the other.”

In a Coraline-esque turn of events, Furthermoor infiltrates the real world (“This wasn’t home. This was Furthermoor”) and a gripping race against time unfolds. The plotting is sharp, with clear cliff-hanger chapter endings signposting the dangers that lie ahead, and an empowering message about bravery ringing clear. In Evie’s words, “Bravery isn’t always big and loud, Bren. It can be quiet too.”

Joanne Owen

Furthermoor Synopsis

The real world is a hostile place for twelve-year-old Bren, his schooldays stalked by vicious bully, Shaun, and his family life fractured at home.

Ever since his sister Evie died in an accident, Bren's only safe space is Furthermoor, an imagined world of mechanised trees and clockwork animals, where Evie is still alive.

In Furthermoor, no one can hurt Bren...until the mysterious Featherly arrives. Now Bren is forced to confront his deepest fears and decide if his place in the real world is worth fighting for. Enter a world as vast and dark as your imagination, in this unforgettable coming-of-age story about courage, friendship and finding your voice.

Furthermoor Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

This heartfelt and captivating story had me on the edge of my seat as I was dragged into the darker side of Furthermoor Full review

Eli Arto (Age 13)

Read this book for an emotional rollercoaster of imagination and courage. Full review

Euan Hosie (Age 10)

Bren escapes a bully by creating an imaginary clockwork world where he can be happy. But will reality catch up with him there? Full review

Lucas Blake (Age 11)

Furthermoor Press Reviews

A dark, imaginative and a mesmerising read. - A. M. Howell, author of The Garden of Lost Secrets

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ISBN: 9781474976701
Publication date: 03/03/2022
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781474976701
Publication date: 3rd March 2022
Author: Darren Simpson
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Personal Social Health Economic , PSHE: Bullying and Abuse, Death / Bereavement
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Reviewed by Children
Collections: Anti Bullying Week & World Kindness Day,

About Darren Simpson

Darren Simpson lives in Nottingham with his wife and two mischievous boys, and spends most of his time pretending he knows what he's doing. After not quite making it as a drummer in a rock band, Darren turned to writing and discovered that it's a fun way not only to escape reality, but also to explore and confront it in unusual ways. He can usually be found lost in his headphones or eating cake mix with a spoon.

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