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Where The World Turns Wild

Nicola Penfold


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Animals, trees, flowers, our city forbids them all... Juniper Greene lives in a walled city from which nature has been banished, following the outbreak of a deadly man-made disease many years earlier. While most people seem content to live in such a cage, she and her little brother Bear have always known about their resistance to the disease, and dream of escaping into the wild. To the one place humans have survived outside of cities. To where their mother is. When scientists discover that the siblings provide the key to fighting the disease, the pair must flee for their lives. As they journey into the unknown, they soon learn that there's cruelty in nature as well as beauty. Will they ever find the home they’re searching for? A thrilling and thought-provoking ecological adventure from a fresh new voice in children’s fiction. Perfect for fans of THE EXPLORER, THE LAST WILD and THE ISLAND AT THE END OF EVERYTHING. ""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 ""WHERE THE WORLD TURNS WILD is a journey between extremes of grey and green, propelled by a bold and timely concept, and written with sharp, intelligent prose. A truly heartfelt and very striking novel."" – Darren Simpson, author of SCAVENGERS ""A beautiful, memorable story about all the important things – love, family, loyalty, and courage – contained inside a brilliant adventure, WHERE THE WORLD TURNS WILD can’t fail to enthrall any reader lucky enough to encounter it."" – Sinéad O'Hart, author of THE EYE OF THE NORTH and THE STAR-SPUN WEB ""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 ""This novel packs a powerful punch. It calls on the 'wild' in all of us through the characters of these two brave children. We cannot help being drawn in by their epic struggle."" – Cath Howe, author of ELLA ON THE OUTSIDE ""It is extraordinary! This compelling book has future classic written all over it!"" – Lindsay Galvin, author of THE SECRET DEEP


Can you imagine a world without nature? A world where the human population has been decimated by a man-made virus in a bid to help nature recover? Follow the adventures of Juniper and Bear - two young children who flee the nature-less city in order to look for their mother, who they believe is still living in the Wild. This is a warm-hearted and timely tale about the importance of saving the natural world and its language. It ties in with the remit of "The Lost Words" by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris - a gorgeous book about the danger of losing words which describe the natural world and its inhabitants. "Where the World Turns Wild" is suitable for upper KS2.

Tricia H

An okay book about danger and climate change but the pace is quite slow.


An exceptional tale of bravery and courage. The humans are living under glass domes, protected from the virus carrying ticks. This means that they cannot have any contact with animals or plants, which now live beyond the dome. Juniper and her brother Bear are different, they were born in the wild and are immune to the virus. This makes them a target for the authorities, who want answers and makes them different to the other children. Together the two children have to make the perilous journey out into the wild to search for their family and others like them. Juniper is a true to life strong and courageous character. She doesn't go into battle with a sword or cross bow but fights gallantly to protect her brother. The author brings the character to life, by projecting this young girls fears and anxiety of what the journey holds.


I really enjoyed reading this book. As a huge fan of dystopian fiction such as The Hunger Games and The Handmaid’s Tale, I thought that Where the World Turns Wild was going to be right up my street... and it didn’t disappoint! The concept of nature being outlawed was mesmerising, and As I read on I really shared the main character’s heart ache and longing for them to be reunited with “the Wild”. Beautiful descriptions of the settings, vivid pictures of the characters and how they are feeling throughout their journey. I would thoroughly recommend this book!


This book follows siblings Juniper and Bear, two wild things in a cage that is Portia Steele's city. After disease wiped out most of the human race, people gathered into cities for protection. Here, the world is sterile, concrete, and all images of nature and the wild are forbidden. Jupiter and Bear have always planned to escape into the wild, back to their parents many miles away, but when their safety is threatened, they must speed up their plan to leave and venture into a world neither of them have seen before. I found the pace of this book rather slow. I was more than half way through the book before the characters had embarked upon their journey, however, overall, I am glad I pushed on as I did enjoy the book.


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