Kid’s Book Review: North and the Only One

Kid’s Book Review: North and the Only One

About the Book and Author

Twelve-year-old Rose can’t remember anything before last week, when she woke up not knowing her own name, her own house, or or even her own mother. The only thing Rose recognized was her puppy, North.
But Mother patiently explained everything – well, not everything. Not the real-feeling dreams Rose has about a mysterious forest she half-recognises.

When Rose flees to the outside world with North, it quickly becomes clear to Rose that she is different. And for reasons she doesn’t understand, she’s dangerous.
On an unforgettable journey of discovery, Rose uncovers life-altering truths about the city she’s in, the people around her … and ultimately herself.

Vashti Hardy

Vashti Hardy is an award winning writer of children’s books spending her time between Lancashire and Sussex. She was a primary school teacher for several years, and has a special interest in children’s writing, especially free-writing and the use of journals and creating fantasy worlds. She has a first-class honours teaching degree with English specialism and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. After leaving teaching to focus more on her writing, she became a copywriter and digital marketing executive. Please visit her website to see more stories by this author.

Book Review

I really liked this book because it made everything sound so real that it felt like you had been sucked right into the story

I really liked this book because it made everything sound so real that it felt like you had been sucked right into the story. I also liked how it was set in the future but it was really different from how you might imagine.

You might think that the girl in it is called North and the Only One is her dog, but actually the girl didn’t know her name so she was the only one – but her mother called her Rose- and North is her dog.

I think the best part was at the end, when Rose found out what had really happened to her and why she was the only human left (but not really because she found a whole village of humans.) I really enjoyed reading this book and think it would be good for children aged 8 or 9 years +

My favourite character is Rose and I also liked North a lot because I love dogs. I didn’t like Valentinus as he was really mean and rude. This book had a lot of twists that you wouldn’t expect and it is really interesting so I would definitely recommend it!!

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Rosalind
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: Baking, climbing and drawing
  • Dislikes: Harry Potter and celery
  • Favourite Book: Smile Raina Telegemeier
  • Favourite Song : Firework by Katie Perry
  • Favourite Film: Silverpoint