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Between Sea and Sky

Nicola Penfold



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Hardie Grant Books
27 October 2021
In a near future where a series of environmental disasters has left much of the country underwater, Pearl lives on a floating oyster farm with her father and younger sister, Clover. Following her mum's death several years earlier, Pearl refuses to set foot on land, believing her illness was caused by the poisons in the ground. Meanwhile, Clover dreams of school, friends and a normal life.

Then Nat comes to spend the summer at the sea farm while his scientist mum conducts some experiments. Leaving behind the mainland, with its strict rules and regulations, he brings with him a secret. But when the sisters promise to keep his secret safe, little do they realize that they may be risking everything... A thrilling and thought-provoking ecological adventure from the author of the highly acclaimed WHERE THE WORLD TURNS WILD. Perfect for fans of THE EXPLORER, THE LAST WILD and WHERE THE RIVER RUNS GOLD.

PRAISE FOR WHERE THE WORLD TURNS WILD: A sense of the natural world's curative power runs through this adventurous story like a seam of gold. - Guardian Some books are excellent story-telling, and some books broaden your knowledge and mind, and some just ought to be written and this book is all three. I loved it. - Hilary McKay, author of THE SKYLARKS' WAR A brilliant adventure that pulls you headlong into Juniper and Bear's world, where survival depends upon finding the wild. - Gill Lewis, author of A STORY LIKE THE WIND An absorbing, thought-provoking debut tapping into pertinent ecological themes. - The Bookseller Wondrous, warm-hearted, wildly exhilarating [...

] The world is familiar and frightening, the relationships between characters beautifully rendered - Nicola Penfold is an author to watch. - Nizrana Farook, author of THE GIRL WHO STOLE AN ELEPHANT
By:   Nicola Penfold
Imprint:   Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm, 
ISBN:   9781788953139
ISBN 10:   1788953134
Pages:   352
Publication Date:   27 October 2021
Recommended Age:   From 9 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Nicola Penfold was born in Merseyside and grew up in Doncaster. She studied English at Cambridge, before completing a Computing Science masters at Imperial College London. WHERE THE WORLD TURNS WILD was shortlisted for the first Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize in 2017. It was also selected for SCBWI's 2018 Undiscovered Voices anthology. Nicola lives with her husband, four children and two cats in North London, and escapes when she can to wilder corners of the UK for adventures.

Reviews for Between Sea and Sky

I loved Penfold's debut ... and this confirms her as a rising star of children's fiction, mixing a thrilling evocative adventure with pertinent themes of the environment and recovery. -- Fiona Noble, The Bookseller A beautifully told adventure that will have readers, like its protagonists, diving deep to discover the fragility of our eco-system and emerging emboldened to protect its delicate balance. -- Sita Brahmachari, author of Where the River Runs Gold A message to us all in the most powerful, evocative and hopeful story spinning. -- Hilary McKay, author of The Skylarks' War I loved Between Sea and Sky. I was totally immersed... I could almost smell the sea and feel salt in my hair. Powerful storytelling and a thought-provoking tale. -- Gill Lewis, author of Sky Hawk A shimmering testament to the restorative power of nature and the limitless wonder unearthed by childhood curiosity. -- Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild BOSS level MG dystopia, so vivid! -- Louie Stowell, author of The Dragon in the Library Nicola Penfold makes me want to love our planet harder, hold it closer. -- Rashmi Sirdeshpande, author of How to Change the World This is compelling, high-stakes storytelling... This will be a favourite that I will return to over and over again. -- Nizrana Farook, author of The Girl Who Stole an Elephant An original and wonderful story of wild children and a world in trouble ... so perfectly written that reading it is living it. And living it is an adventure. -- Rachel Delahaye, author of Mort the Meek

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