Winner of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018.
Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home.
Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they’ve been abandoned – cold, starving and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive?
Brilliant, beautiful…as unpredictable as the sea itself. –Philip Reeve, author of The Mortal Engines
Harshly beautiful, and stark with near-despair, this is an unsettling, deeply original historical novel. –The Guardian
This is the best book I’ve read this year. Extraordinary…–Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars
Everything Geraldine McCaughrean touches turns to gold. –The Sunday Times
One of the most immersive and compelling works of fiction we’ve read in quite some time… Suffice it to say that the novel is rounded off with consummate skill and the result is an outstanding example of the storyteller’s art. –Undiscovered Scotland
About the Author
GERALDINE MCCAUGHREAN is one of today’s most successful and highly regarded children’s authors. She has won the CILIP Carnegie Medal twice: first in 1998 with A Pack of Lies and again in 2018 with Where the World Ends. She’s won the IBW Book Award 2018, the Whitbread Children’s Book Award three times, the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, the Smarties Bronze Award four times, the prestigious U.S. Printz Award and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. She was chosen to write the official sequel to J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, Peter Pan in Scarlet, which was published to wide critical acclaim. Geraldine lives in Berkshire with her husband John and the lingering shades of all those characters she has invented in her books. Her cottage is under year-round siege from wild birds demanding to be fed. The ducks even knock on the door.