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Miss Pearson, Neston Book Club

Where the World Ends

Brutal brilliance.

Weeks after closing the book it has still lingered with me. Life on St Kilda is brutal in 1727. Boys are sent off to a remote sea stack each summer birding. They are sent off with reminders to stay clean and a puffin to eat on the journey. The trip, based on the true sorry of St Kilda, sees the boys sailing four miles out to the sea stack they are set on that they will climb over in their pursuit of birds. After six weeks the boys are ready to return home but the boat does not return for them.

Geraldine McCaughrean's storytelling is mesmirsing and brings beauty to the bleak days of the boys.

This is a brilliant contender for the Carnegie award. It is my favourite to win.

Posted on: 17th May 2018 at 02:24 pm

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