‘To The Edge of the World,’ by Julia Green, cover by Helen Crawford-White.

‘Sing your own song.’

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Jamie and his family have relocated to the island of his mother’s birth, a remote and tiny island in the Outer Hebrides. Rugged and wild with surging tides, Jamie has never been happier living a wilder life.  But he has a secret – he’s afraid of the sea.

A chance meeting meeting with the free-spirited and unpredictable Mara changes his life in unexpected ways. She lives a secretive life in an isolated wooden shack with her mother. Nothing frightens her. Nothing except the prospect of having to give up her ungoverned life to attend school.

That’s when she starts to plan her escape and the seafaring adventure of a lifetime.

I gulped this book down in one sitting.  The attention to detail in the descriptions of the wild beauty of such a remote spot transported me right there into the icy loch or sandy cove alongside the characters. The wealth of wildlife and flora portrayed within the story conjured up the most amazing images in my head.  It’s a real treasure trove of information.

Julia Green has written an exhilarating adventure which perfectly captures a yearning for excitement counter-balanced by the fear of the unknown.  A brilliant story about discovering your inner-strength and not being afraid to be true to yourself.

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to OUP for sending me this title to review*

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