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The narrative is skillfully strung together and the ending deeply surprising, challenging the norms of what might be expected in a children's novel, which is all to the good.
Philip Womack, on There May Be a Castle, Literary Review
An excellent, punchy adventure tale with vivid characters and an impassioned eco message
The Financial Times on The Last Wild trilogy
Piers Torday is the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure.
The Times, on There May Be a Castle
A magical new adventure from the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction prize.
WRD About Books
Full marks ... for a story not afraid to take on some of the fundamentals of life while still managing to preserve the lightest of touches
Books For Keeps, on There May Be a Castle
Torday's story is alternately sombre, thrilling, and silly, filled with eccentric human and animal characters with distinctive voices
Publishers Weekly on The Last Wild trilogy
Wildly inventive, moving and gripping ... full of suspense without ever sacrificing warmth
The Guardian on The Last Wild trilogy
A gripping, memorable adventure which celebrates the power and scope of our imagination
The School Run, on There May Be a Castle
Heartbreaking, surprising, uplifting ... proves that stories matter. They really do
The Bookbag, on There May Be a Castle
Written in vivid and urgent style ... As thrilling as James and the Giant Peach ... The Last Wild may be as critical to the new generation as Tarka the Otter
The Times on The Last Wild trilogy
Torday pays tribute to reading, libraries and imagination in one of the most clever and ambitious children's books you'll read this year
The Bookseller, on The Lost Magician
Thrilling, epic, wise. Truly a book for our times. (With extra rainbow unicorns!)
Natasha Farrant, author of The Children of Castle Rock
Gripping, original and memorable
Francesca Simon, on The Last Wild trilogy
Piers Torday continues to demonstrate that he is one of the best writers for children working today
The Guardian, on There May Be a Castle
A whimsical yet thoughtful tale that brings to mind the smarts and silliness of Roald Dahl and Norton Juster
New York Post, on The Last Wild trilogy