Kid’s Book Review: When the Wild Calls

Kid’s Book Review: When the Wild Calls

About the Book and Author

Having escaped their city, Juniper Green and her brother Bear have settled in Ennerdale with their dad and his family. Every day the Wild introduces them to a new wonder, but Juniper can’t stop worrying about her grandmother and best friend left behind. When she hears news that disease has entered the city, she’s determined to bring her loved ones to safety.

Trapped in a city riddled with disease and run by a ruthless leader, Etienne longs for the Wild. With the guards becoming more aggressive to counteract the growing rebellion, Etienne’s prepared to fight for his freedom. But will he be able to protect himself and keep those around him safe until Juniper returns from the Wild?

Nicola Penfold

Nicola Penfold is a children’s writer whose first book Where the World Turns Wild is also published by Little Tiger Press. She is also the author of Between Sea and Sky and Beyond the Frozen Horizon.

Nicola studied English at St John’s College, Cambridge and she has worked in a reference library and for a health charity, but being an author who writers stories about the natural world is always the job she wanted most of all. You can find out more by visiting her website.

Book Review

The book may not draw you in at first, but believe me, stick with it and you won't regret it!

This is the second book in a series, and it is a wonderful read. However, I would recommend reading the series in order. The first book, When the Wild Calls, sets the stage for Where the World Turns Wild, and is deeply connected to the first one. The plotline of the series is based on a future where humans have almost brought the world to extinction. There is nowhere to flee from garbage and all rivers are polluted with oil. Animals and plants are dangerously close to the brink of extinction – the fault of humans.

Re-wilders come to return the world to the way of nature, but the powerful rulers evaded their strategies leaving civilians with no hope of a brighter future. This is where the second book resumes the story. Juniper, the heroine of the series, bravely leaves her hometown to save her beloved grandmother, Annie-Rose, and her best friend, Ettiene, who were left behind in the doomed city- the city where the deadly ticks have invaded! But will she be able to save them?

My favourite character has to be Queenie, a good-natured, kind girl with an unpredictable wild streak. The character is so well-written, she brings the book to life! The setting for the book is so unique and vivid with colourful descriptions it is easy to imagine the characters in their environments. However, the beautifully illustrated cover, doesn’t capture the depth and complexity of the story; I worry that people would overlook such a rich and thought-provoking book.

I would recommend this book for 11 to 14 year-olds who enjoy dystopian fiction. The book may not draw you in at first, but believe me, stick with it and you won’t regret it!

This is a truly fantastic and unmissable book!

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Reviewer Profile

  • Name: Amelia
  • Age: 11 years
  • Likes: Books, holidays and scouts
  • Dislikes: Veggie bean chilli and anyone who things it cool to be rude
  • Favourite Book: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Favourite Song: What is this Feeling? (from Wicked)
  • Favourite TV series : Wednesday