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Zoe last saw her father and her sick mother as they sailed away on the last boat from Norwich, leaving her to face the future alone. Floodland is an extraordinary novel, set some time in the not too distant future in a land that has been reclaimed by the sea. 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. Set in a post-apocalyptic Britain after global warming has caused the seas to rise and turn the country into a series of Islands. If it was that tragedy brings out the worst in humans then it did a good job but it didn't go deep enough.

The names of the lands and dwelling places are taken from Jerusalem and Blake’s visionary imagination). With both your publisher and author hat on, what advice can you give would-be children's authors in getting published? I am using this book as the basis for a unit of work on placement and very excited to see how the children's work turns out. At first Dooby wanted to escape the island with Zoe, abandoning all his people, but Zoe refused after seeing Dooby's violence.

I definitely would not have picked this book up if it weren't for school, because the writing and story just aren't my favorite, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. 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. Yes, it wasn't as good as most of the books I've read in my life, but it's definitely not the worst story ever. Although, the purpose of this was to read the book and create activities around it, I found that I was drawn into the book and constantly wanting to know what was going to happen next.

Reading this during the coronavirus pandemic, there are a lot of parallels: fear, concern for the future and one's own survival, who you can trust or be close to. Floodland is a children's fantasy novel by Marcus Sedgwick, published on 2 March 2000 by Orion Children's Books.I think it would have been better if it showed how Zoe and Munchkin got along and about them having their baby brother. Marcus also wrote with his brother Julian, and contributed to a short story collection with fellow YA authors. I read this over a weekend so I could use it as a stimulus for the English work the children in the year 6 class I was working with were going to do. We meet Zoe who has become separated from her parents in the last evacuation of Norwich, and left behind. You can see that a lot of the ideas in it were thought up a moment before writing them rather than being planned in advance; they haven't been adequately integrated.

saw Marcus turn his attention to books for younger readers with the launch of a humorous new series: The Raven Mysteries, narrated by a grumpy raven, Edgar.When I first saw Floodland on the shelf, I was intrigued by a storyline from the climate fiction genre. Poe's story, as well as his own fascination with technique, provided that final piece of the puzzle.

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