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Oksa Pollock: the Last Hope

Written by Anne Plichota, Wolf Cendrine

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on Oksa Pollock: the Last Hope

One of our Books of the Year 2013  Magic, mystery, destiny and ebullient good humour are whipped into a frothy and inventive fantasy in which many delightfully surprising things happen. Oksa is born with a fate. As a girl, the future of her family is in her hands. Had she been a boy, there would have been no future! Luckily, Oksa is a spirited girl who is happy to embrace the magic that surrounds her and to take on the fight against all the enemies that threaten the world she needs to protect. When at thirteen Oksa moves to London with her extensive family, she must adapt to many new things - especially school uniform! Luckily there are many great people who make the journey with her - especially her best friend Gus. Oksa's adventures are fast-paced and full of unexpected twists. She needs courage and invention to win through. Luckily, she has bags of both!


With global sales of half a million copies this book has become a publishing phenomenon. The authors initially self-published their book, delivering them by hand to booksellers and even giving them away at school gates.   In 2009 two teenage fans urged the French publishers XO Editions to read Oksa Pollock: The Last Hope - who immediately offered the authors a 5 book deal.

A message from the Publisher, Stephanie Seegmuller at Pushkin Press:
Hold on tight, when you get youor hands on the very first volume of the now world famous children's series Oksa Pollock.  At least is world famous in 26 world languages - the seris started in France, spread to the rest of the world like wildfire and has now finally arrived in the UK.  I hope you love Oksa as much as me.  She's an impulsive 13 year old, with a wonderful but complicated family, and a lot on her plate - a new country, a new school and a best friend who might just turn out to be more than that...If that wasn't enough, it also turns out Oksa is the new queen of a parallel world and it is she alone who can save her people.  She's got every cool magic trick going.  She can fly, move objects with her mind and is surrounded by a whole menagerie of magical creatures straight out of old Russian folklore.

The series is an addictive page-turner and volume 1, The Last Hope, is just the start.  I've read all five existing volumes available in French and I'm begging for more.  So are the huge fan communities in other countries including Japan, Russia, Germany, Spain etc who keep asking for "the next Oksa".


Oksa Pollock: the Last Hope Synopsis

Oksa Pollock is a thirteen-year-old girl, moving with her family from Paris to a new life in London. Along with her best friend Gus, she is ready to settle into their new lives. But bizarre things start happening around Oksa. When she finds she has magical powers, the truth emerges: her family are not from this world, but from Edefia, having fled their magical, hidden homeland years ago, in fear of all their lives. And Oksa is their queen. Between her loving, powerful grandmother, her wicked new physics teacher, her mysterious uncles and Gus, plus a whole host of fantastical Edefian creatures, Oksa will be thrown into a wilder adventure that she could ever have. And Oksa knows she must triumph over her enemies. The whole of Edefia is counting on her.

The publishers say....‘it’s an incredibly engrossing universe, full of unexpected creatures and the plot is gripping. We gulped down all 5 volumes and now are begging for more… And we’re not the only ones! It’s a phenomenon in every country it’s been published in!’

Click here to visit the Oksa Pollock website to find out more about this feisty heroine - she also has her own facebook page!

Oksa Pollock: the Last Hope Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids reader review panel were invited to read and review this title. 

  • Jennifer Bridgeman, age 9 - 'Perfect for older readers or confident younger ones, this series begins with a bang and intorduces a startling new character, Oksa Pollock. We cannot wait to read the sequel!' Read full review >
  • James Smart, age 14 - 'an awesome fast paced book that was full of mystery and magic.'  Read full review >
  • Nell Sansom, age 10 - 'I really enjoyed being plunged the fantasy world described in this book and I can’t wait to read the next one in the  series.' Read full review >
  • Abigail Smart, age 11 - 'I loved every second of reading this book. It makes you feel as if you were actually Oksa, having to make split second decisions that could change her life. This is a brilliant book, I loved it so much!' Read full review >
  • Eloise Mae Clarkson, age 11 - 'I really liked Oksa Pollock. I loved the lunatrix and lunatrixa they were so cool! I would rate this book 4 out of 5 stars.' Read full review >
  • Jade Craddock - 'the story offers a good fantasy and a fun new tale.' Read full review >
  • Ellen Faulkner, age 12 - 'Oksa Pollock thrilled me and enraptured me, so much that I read it over and over again. Fabulous.' Read full review >
  • Daniel Mann, age 10 - 'A fabulous fantasy story with a girl who has amazing abilities...I would recommend this book to everyone.' Read full review >
  • Toby Moon, age 12 - 'The first instalment in a riveting new series...I would recommend Oksa Pollock to fantasy fans and to anyone who enjoys fantasy creatures, badass heroines and feisty older characters.' Read full review >

Oksa Pollock: the Last Hope Press Reviews

Great fun' -- Financial Times

'Fantastic' -- Guardian Children's Books

'The first title from the French children's series combines action, excitement and new worlds.' -- Natasha Harding, The Sun

'A feisty heroine, lots of sparky tricks and evil opponents could fill a gap left by the end of the Harry Potter series' -- Daily Mail

A thrilling, magical adventure ...enchanting. -- Booktrust

'An adventure that rivals the Harry Potter books' Bookseller

The French Harry Potter. -- Guardian

'Unforgettable and compelling adventures' Armadillo

'Great fantasy novel...will be a classic of the fantasy genre' Cuckoo

A fantastic novel...I loved this book...I can't wait for the next one! Whoo hoo!' -- We Sat Down

I was instantly drawn into this magical other world' -- Serendipity Reviews

'Such a great children's book, and I cannot wait for the next book to be released' Goodreads, 4/5 stars

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781782690351
Publication date: 13/02/2014
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781782690009
Publication date: 04/06/2013
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782690009
Publication date: 4th June 2013
Author: Anne Plichota, Wolf Cendrine
Publisher: Pushkin Children's Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 528 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Anne Plichota, Wolf Cendrine

Anne Plichota was born in Dijon, France, and after studying Chinese language and culture spent several years living and working in Korea and China. She has had a varied career: as a Chinese teacher, a nurse’s aide, a public letter writer, and most recently a librarian. She enjoys American and Gothic literature and hearing people’s stories. She lives in Strasbourg with her teenage daughter. Cendrine Wolf was born in the Alsace region of France. She studied sports, and went on to work in the socio-cultural sector, particularly in deprived neighbourhoods. She taught herself illustration, discovering it ...

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