Close to the Wind by Jon Walter
Review by M
Close to the Wind is about a boy and his grandfather who are seeking refuge from a war torn country. The peacekeepers are coming and Malik and Papa will need to catch a ship – but they don’t have tickets yet. Quietly and warmly told, this debut novel had me holding my breath, closing my eyes, smiling, rooting and crying.
Using an occasional light touch, Close to the Wind deals sensitively with big and traumatic issues and themes, like lies and truth, and sacrifice. An adventurous story is delivered that will delight readers from about age 8 upwards. This is a middle grade novel that deals in hope and is not afraid to reward the reader with it. Gorgeous.
Publication details: 3 July 2014, David Fickling Books, Oxford, hardbackThis copy: uncorrected proof from the publisher (& dedicated, signed and embossed!)
And here are some pics of that very special book proof 1!