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Floodland

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I love dystopian fiction and the setting of a flooded, sinking England in despair is a brilliant premise for a story and very relevant today with climate change and global warming. Marcus has been shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal five times, the Edgar Allan Poe Award (twice) and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize (four times). Rest assured though it’s not a rant about that but the author brilliantly interweaves our possible future into an utterly compelling story.

Along the way she ends up at another Island where she gets herself into a tricky situation and well I won't spoil any more. The Kiss of Death was published in paperback in April 2009, and picked up a thread from his highly acclaimed My Swordhand is Singing (winner of the 2007 Booktrust Teenage Book Award). Floodland is a challenging novel for older readers who will be captivated by a vision of the future that is not so unbelievable.The names of the lands and dwelling places are taken from Jerusalem and Blake’s visionary imagination). Zoe discovers a small rowboat and keeps it a secret until she can set out alone on the great sea to find her parents. Yes, I always loved myths and legends - I used to read and re-read two books from the library - one a big illustrated edition of Greek Myths and the other Old Peter's Russian Tales. After seeing Floodland used in a Year 5 class on my last placement I was pleasantly surprised at its many uses within the classroom and its cross curricular links. I enjoyed listening to the children's interesting discussions about how we can reduce the effects by changing our behavior.

No ship was coming to the island for food or taking people or anything, and the last ship that carried people was away with her parents. When I first saw Floodland on the shelf, I was intrigued by a storyline from the climate fiction genre. I would probably use it as a class read at the end of the day alongside another text, or as a discussion point especially in pshe or science. I encourage readers to start exploring the climate fiction genre more, but not necessarily with this title. The doom that prevails is beautifully crafted as is the glimmer of hope that pulls us through the book with its magnetism.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. She lands on tiny Eels Island, where she must survive in a nightmarish world run by wild children, and stand up to its boy-leader, Dooby. As it gets warmer, glaciers in the North and South Pole are melting, and it becomes water which makes the ocean bigger. I didn’t really believe in the characters or their dynamics and relationships and felt the ending was rather cliched.

A middle-grade short novel about a post-global-warming world in which much of what was England is now under water. I anticipated a more sadder ending, but, unfortunately I didn't get that😭But it's a good book overall especially for children to understand climate change and that. I found the end to be a bit of an anti-climax after all the drama building in the first ¾ of the book. Zoe faces many challenges on her journey, particularly when stopping at a small "island" of an old cathedral that is overrun with wild children competing for space and resources.She finds a small boat, more or less seaworthy, trapped in the oozing mud, and determinedly digs it out. We were invited by the author into the chaos of what the UK may be like if problems with climate change are not solved and the clever use of the story told from Zoe's perspective allows us to visualise this 'hell' that Zoe ended up surrounded by. My biggest complaint about FLOODLAND is that it is too short and as a result it suffered from not being able to give enough information to the reader to totally be at ease with what was going on.

We meet Zoe who has become separated from her parents in the last evacuation of Norwich, and left behind.

Ten-year-old Zoe discovers a small rowboat and keeps it a secret until she sets out alone on the great sea to find her parents. I did feel that the ending was a little rushed and as though the part that the story built up to was missing a great amount of detail but over all myself and the class thoroughly enjoyed the book.

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