Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Close To the Wind - Jon Walter

Close to the Wind by Jon Walter
Review by M

Close To the Wind by Jon Walter
Close to the Wind came to me as the first book proof from the newly independent (not newly established) David Fickling Books. Being a ‘fan’ of their previous novels and authors, I have waited in anticipation for this ‘launch’ title – and it’s a good all rounder!

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, hardback
This copy: uncorrected proof from the publisher (& dedicated, signed and embossed!)

And here are some pics of that very special book proof 1!

The whole package
Reverse of the card
Embossed page: DFB Where Good Stories Begin







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