The Last Wild

The Last Wild

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In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he's told there's something wrong with him. So when he meets a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach, Kester thinks he's finally gone a bit mad. But the animals have something to say. And they need him. The pigeons fly Kester to a wild place where the last creatures in the land have survived. A wise stag needs Kester's help, and together they must embark on a great journey, joined along the way by an overenthusiastic wolf cub, a military-trained cockroach, a mouse with a ritual for everything, and a stubborn girl named Polly. The animals saved Kester Jaynes. But can Kester save the animals?
Publisher: New York, New York :, Viking, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA),, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780670015542
Branch Call Number: J TOR
Characteristics: 322 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm


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Jul 14, 2014

I'll be honest, I got this one just for the cover. I thought it was an above average to good YA book, but I never felt totally pulled into it. It was a fast read, and had an interesting story, but like I said, I never felt like "I can't wait to get back to reading this". Enjoyable, and I would definitely recommend to students in 5th grade and up.

ChristchurchLib May 26, 2014

"Kester Jaynes hasn't spoken a single word in the six years since his mum died and he was sent to Spectrum Hall Academy for Challenging Children. But when a cockroach asks him for help, Kester discovers that he can communicate silently with animals. Though most animals have been wiped out by the deadly red-eye virus, the cockroaches introduce Kester to a small group of wild survivors who convince him to defy his corporate-controlled society and take on a quest to save the last animals on Earth. If you like the offbeat tone of Roald Dahl's books or the heroic (but not-so-cuddly) animal characters of Suzanne Collins' Underland Chronicles, you should definitely pick up The Last Wild." Kids' Books May 2014 newsletter

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