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.
Torday pays tribute to reading, libraries and imagination in one of the most clever and ambitious children's books you'll read this year
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
A whimsical yet thoughtful tale that brings to mind the smarts and silliness of Roald Dahl and Norton Juster
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
An excellent, punchy adventure tale with vivid characters and an impassioned eco message
Piers Torday is the new master of books for children who like magic and modernity with their lust for adventure.
Wildly inventive, moving and gripping ... full of suspense without ever sacrificing warmth
Torday's story is alternately sombre, thrilling, and silly, filled with eccentric human and animal characters with distinctive voices
A magical new adventure from the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction prize.
Gripping, original and memorable
Piers Torday continues to demonstrate that he is one of the best writers for children working today
Heartbreaking, surprising, uplifting ... proves that stories matter. They really do
Thrilling, epic, wise. Truly a book for our times. (With extra rainbow unicorns!)
A gripping, memorable adventure which celebrates the power and scope of our imagination