Finding himself alone on a desert island when everything and everyone he knows and loved has been washed away in a huge storm, Mau is the last surviving member of his nation. He’s also completely alone – or so he thinks until he finds the ghost girl. She has no toes, wears strange lacy trousers like the grandfather bird and gives him a stick which can make fire.
Daphne, sole survivor of the wreck of the Sweet Judy, almost immediately regrets trying to shoot the native boy. Thank goodness the powder was wet and the gun only produced a spark. She’s certain her father, distant cousin of the Royal family, will come and rescue her but it seems, for now, all she has for company is the boy and the foul-mouthed ship’s parrot.
As it happens, they are not alone for long. Other survivors start to arrive to take refuge on the island they all call the Nation and then raiders accompanied by murderous mutineers from the Sweet Judy. Together, Mau and Daphne discover some remarkable things – including how to milk a pig and why spitting in beer is a good thing – and start to forge a new Nation.
As can be expected from Terry Pratchett, the master story-teller, this new children’s novel is both witty and wise, encompassing themes of death and nationhood, while being extremely funny. Mau’s ancestors have something to teach us all. Mau just wishes they would shut up about it and let him get on with saving everyone’s lives! What the critics say
It’s witty and wise, but it leaves its young readers enough room for a newly formed opinion or two as they think about its themes of love, loss, loyalty, courage, religion and nationhood. – www.thebookbag.co.uk
An enchanting novel… Terry Pratchett is one of the most interesting and critically under-rated novelists we have. – Amanda Craig, The Times
Terry Pratchett has found a moving, achingly human island story that tests the boundaries of identity and examines exactly what it means to be ‘civilised’. – Kudos Magazine
Hugely entertaining novel from a fantastic storyteller. – Batley News
In this first novel for young people set outside of Discworld, Pratchett again shows his humor and humanity… The main characters are engaging and interesting, and are the perfect medium for the author’s sly humor. Daphne is a close literary cousin of Tiffany Aching in her common sense and keen intelligence wedded to courage. A rich and thought-provoking read. – Sue Giffard, Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City, School Library Journal, USA
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