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Where the World Ends

Geraldine Mccaughrean


  • History Time - blasts from the past
  • Action Adventures - chills, thrills and plenty of spills

Average rating

4 out 5

Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they've been abandoned - cold, starving and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive? 'Brilliant, unpredictable as the sea itself' Philip Reeve, author of The Mortal Engines 'This is the best book I've read this year. Extraordinary' Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars


Beautiful book based on a true, harrowing story. It was so easy to empathise with the boys and 3 men who were stranded on the sea stac - especially the main character, Quill. Lots of description of the sea birds of the Scottish isles - some of whom were also given their own personalities! I would recommend this book for those who don’t mind a little gruesome in the name of survival. I wouldn’t recommend to all my year 6 class - but certainly some of the more mature - in reading and emotion.


This is a really gripping story set in the 1700s. Although this is a work of fiction it is based on a true story which happened on the Island of St Kilda and details an unimaginable feat of survival bay a group of me and boys. It is wonderfully written and I would highly recommend it to anyone.


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