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The Outsiders

Written by Michelle Paver

Part of the Gods and Warriors Series

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LoveReading View on The Outsiders

One of our Books of the Year 2013 - August 2013 Book of the Month - Shortlisted for the 2013 Leeds Book Award    By the best-selling author of Wolf Brother, Gods and Warriors is this year's most hotly anticipated children's novel. The first book in a breathtaking adventure series set in the Greek Bronze Age: a time when the lowliest goatherd could rise to become a hero.

Click here to download a letter from Michelle Paver to her readers, which tells more about the time the book is set and how she used her research to bring the Gods and Warriors series to life.


The Outsiders Synopsis

'If an Outsider wields the blade, the House of Koronos burns...' Hylas is only a boy but he knows three things: The Gods exist. Magic is real. Somebody wants him dead. Hunted and alone, Hylas is desperate to find his missing sister. His quest takes him across the hostile mountains and treacherous seas of Ancient Greece. His only friend is a girl on the run. His only guide is a wild dolphin. And his murderous enemies are closing in... 

The Gods and Warriors series

The Outsiders

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The Eye of the Falcon

The Outsiders 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.

  • Lewis Duckworth, age 12 - 'book is amazing and you definitely should not hesitate to get this book. If you see it at the shops don’t just look at it .... BUY IT!!!!!!' Read full review >
  • Ellen Faulkner, age 12 - 'The Outsiders was fairly good and it moved at a good pace but it lacked a little bit in the plot. I felt like there could have been more but it was okay.' Read full review >
  • Mukunth Kowsik, age 12 - 'If there is a book with a steady storyline that will take you into the story without any complications and keep you on the edge of your seat until the end, it's The Outsiders.’ Read full review >
  • James Lawrence Griffith, aged 10 - 'This gripping historical adventure story would suit all adventure lovers with an interest in mythology. I loved it and found it similar to the Percy Jackson books.' Read full review >
  • Lucy Minton, age 10 - 'An excellent read because it draws you in from the start...I would recommend this book because it is fast paced and ends on a cliffhanger.' Read full review >
  • Adam Pattenden, age 12 - 'The first installment in what promises to be a brilliant series describing a boy's desperate search for his sister in Ancient Greece.' Read full review >
  • Lucy Allan-Jones, age 12 - 'The Outsiders is a compelling, nerve-wracking, unputdownable and unique story.' Read full review >
  • Robert White, age 10 - 'A gripping read, this book is impossible to put down.  Gods, warriors, a chase, a shipwreck, a rescue, what else could you ask for?' Read full review >
  • Jenny Bridgeman, age 8 - 'This book brought me to a mystical place where gods and warriors are born.' Read full review >
  • Tabi Cooper, age 12 - 'Action. Adventure. Survival. Following the mythological story of Hylas, a twin, this shows us what it feels like to be an outsider.' Read full review >
  • Lucas Abbott, age 9 - 'Great story, great characters, a gripping tale.' Read full review >
  • Caelainn, age 9 - 'I enjoyed the book.  I liked how the author used description, so I had a clear picture in my head.' Read full review >
  • Sam Moffat, age 11 - 'If you like books which have strong bonds between animals and humans you would like it. It was quite nice as well to see how the dolphin is thinking.' Read full review >

The Outsiders Press Reviews

Electrifying  Independent on Sunday

The reader's attention is caught from the first line ...spellbinding   Telegraph

Set to become another children's classic Books for Keeps

Praise for Michelle Paver's work..

The kind of story you dream of reading and all too rarely find The Times

A classic children's book ... superb writing -- Anthony Horowitz

These books are full of magic, adventure and action, and they appeal equally to both sexes -- Charlie Higson

Heartstoppingly real The Independent

Dazzling entertainment ... seamless storytelling -- Julia Eccleshare

Like other great children's books which also entrance adults, Wolf Brother conjures up an utterly believable, yet original world where the story grips you to the very last page -- Sir Ian McKellen


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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780141368887
Publication date: 04/08/2016
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780141339276
Publication date: 01/08/2013
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780141339269
Publication date: 28/08/2012
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141339276
Publication date: 1st August 2013
Author: Michelle Paver
Publisher: Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, Historical Fiction
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Michelle Paver

Born in Malawi in 1960 to a Belgian mother and a father who ran the tiny 'NYASALAND TIMES', Michelle Paver moved to the UK when she was three. She was brought up in Wimbledon and, following a Biochemistry Degree from Oxford, she became a partner in a big City law firm. She gave up the City to follow her long-held dream of becoming a writer. She is the author of the brilliantly successful children's series, THE CHRONICLES OF ANCIENT DARKNESS, the final book of which won the 2010 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize. An Interview with Michelle PaverWhat’s the ...

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