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Floodland

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Set in a world that has suffered from the Ice caps melting, we are taken on a journey that looks at what the world might be like if everywhere flooded.

I thought, in the end, what a brilliant little story with so much to encourage or facilitate discussion and understanding! The odds are against survival but as reluctant relationships develop, built on the shaky foundations of need rather than any form of trust, Sedgwick captures the essence of human nature by never passing judgement on even the bad guys, preferring instead to make them, quite simply, human beings who have been forced to recognise the survival of the fittest. The book has a captivating plot, with interesting characters that I am sure children will enjoy reading. She lives in decaying warehouses on the edge of the waters, foraging for old tinned foods and collecting rainwater to drink. Ten-year-old Zoe Black was left behind on Norwich by accident when her parents escaped in the last supply ship to visit the island.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Well, if the country got smaller when the sea rose, then there ought to be more people squashed into what's left.

Sedgwick's writing is as usual top-notch, literate and engaging, with characters who come to life on the page. In fact, I think I like the story-telling more this way than if another hundred or so pages of explanation and backstories had been added: the reader has to make some leaps along the way. He has judged numerous books awards, including the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and the Costa Book Awards. The ending is quite abrupt and we would have liked it to be a bit longer but that is only because we were disappointed when it was finished. Reading this during the coronavirus pandemic, there are a lot of parallels: fear, concern for the future and one's own survival, who you can trust or be close to.

My biggest complaint about FLOODLAND is that it is too short and as a result it suffered from not being able to give enough information to the reader to totally be at ease with what was going on.

The language in the book is simple but very descriptive, with interesting discussion points too, making it a good choice of book to read/study as a class. His first book, Floodland, was published by Orion in 2000, and won the Branford-Boase award for best debut children's novel. His books have been shortlisted for over forty other awards, including the Carnegie Medal (seven times), the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (four times). I love Marcus Sedgwick and his writing style and this being his debut novel was clearly a stepping stone for his future work to come.

saw Marcus turn his attention to books for younger readers with the launch of a humorous new series: The Raven Mysteries, narrated by a grumpy raven, Edgar. I honestly liked how the climate change way portrait although I probably would have acted differently than the characters. I'd had it for ages but didn't know where I was going to use it until the character of Edgar came along: "I suspect I may have fleas again". She lands on tiny Eels Island, where she must survive in a nightmarish world run by wild children, and stand up to its boy-leader, Dooby. She is fortunate to uncover a small rowboat submerged in the mud, and fixes it up so she can escape her town and find her parents.

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