ACHUKA Book of the Day 4 Oct 2021
“Powerful, evocative writing about landscape and the natural world, and delicately drawn characters existing within the complex nexus of human relationships in a small village are sensitively combined in this absorbing, very moving novel.” BookTrust
“A wonderful tale of friendship, kindness and the way that people from different continents can be united by something as straightforward as the welfare of a beautiful bird. It’s also, a rare thing these days, a book full of hope.” Telegraph
“Here’s a rare thing, a novel, and a first novel too, that opens your eyes, touches your heart, and is so engaging it almost turns the pages for you.” Michael Morpurgo
Already a modern classic, this wonderful story that focuses on ospreys is told in short, quick-moving chapters so that it can be recommended for a wide audience, from newly confident readers up to YA. One about this anniversary edition—although this book was originally published ten years ago, the title page tells us that it was “First published 2021”.
Callum and his friends find Iona poaching on Callum’s farm. She is not supposed to be there, but Callum feels bad about chasing her away. He finds her shivering in the woods, refusing to leave. There is a secret hidden in the forest above the dark waters of the loch, and Iona is its guardian. When she decides to trust Callum with it, they form an indestructible bond that will change Callum’s world forever… And then I saw it. I saw the secret hidden in our valley. No one else knew about it. Just me, and Iona.