The Wild Way Home is a captivating story of self-discovery and realising what is truly important in life. In the stillness of the forest, twelve-year-old Charlie and his friends explore the ancient paths and walk where many people have come before. When Charlie discovers a special deer tooth, he has no idea to whom it once belonged or just how important it will prove to be. Sophie Kirtley captures the beauty of the forest through her wonderful descriptions of the trees, plant life and animals who rule the landscape. Images of enchanting nature fill the pages as Charlie finds out what his true path will be.
Charlie has almost everything he ever wanted and is just about to receive his greatest wish – a baby brother. However, when baby Dara is born and there are complications, Charlie doesn’t know what to do. He runs – runs so far away no one will be able to find him. Lost in the past, Charlie faces challenges he never imagined and finds strength he didn’t know he possessed. Will he be able to make his way back home to the life he always longed for?
This book should find a home on classroom and bedroom bookshelves for so many reasons. It will help children to explore difficult changes in life and learn how to cope when things are hard. It reassures children that they are not alone in their feelings or circumstances and that things can get better. It is also a magnificent portrayal of Stone Age life. The Wild Way Home would be a great accompaniment to a class Stone Age topic with opportunities for discussion about values, survival and family. The symbolism of the wolf and the recurring spirit songs are strong reminders that some of the most important things we can do are “give thanks” and “make safe”.
Thank you to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Children’s Books for this very special book. It will be published in July 2020.
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