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The Last Wild

By: Piers Torday
Narrated by: Oliver Hembrough
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Publisher's summary

In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he's told there's something wrong with him. So when he meets a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach, Kester thinks he's finally gone crazy. But the animals have something to say. And they need him. The pigeons fly Kester to a wild place where the last creatures in the land have survived.

A wise stag needs Kester's help, and together they must embark on a great journey, joined along the way by an overenthusiastic wolf cub, a military-trained cockroach, a mouse with a ritual for everything, and a stubborn girl named Polly. The animals saved Kester Jaynes. But can Kester save the animals?

©2014 Piers Torday (P)2014 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

“A whimsical yet thoughtful tale that brings to mind the smarts and silliness of Roald Dahl and Norton Juster.” (The New York Post)

“Alternately somber, thrilling, and silly, filled with eccentric human and animal characters with distinctive voices." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“Should have broad appeal. Recommend this book to readers who like the Books of Ember series by Jeanne DuPrau.” (VOYA)