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However, as the book continued, rich characters were given little airtime, conflicts were resolved or discarded too quickly, and the ending was sophomoric at best. This book was picked at my 9 year old son’s school for literacy - I suppose to help children develop skills in, among other things, character analysis and building. Instead, she escapes with a boy named Munchkin, successfully goes to mainland, and meets her parents that she hadn't seen for a year. Set in the near future, global warming has caused the Earth's sea levels to rise and flood the coastal nations around the world.

p.81) Even though it's really short, and offers no real explanation for the sea-level rise, I really liked how this drops the reader into its world. I would highly recommend this book not only to use as a stimulus but as a read because it really gets you thinking. Based in a post apocalyptic world (the future of the world if global warming keeps happening) it approaches many themes. The belief that she will one day find her parents spurs Zoe on in her dramatic voyage, in a story full of of courage and determination.

The most recent of these nominations rekindled a fascination with Poe that has borne fruit here in (in The Restless Dead, 2007) the form of "The Heart of Another" - inspired by Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart. The language in the book is simple but very descriptive, with interesting discussion points too, making it a good choice of book to read/study as a class. It reminded me of zombie apocalypse films where humanity either turns on each other or works together.

The main idea of the book which is global warming, gives the children a perspective about how the future would be if humans keep on neglecting the environmental issues. Also, I think this book was mainly focusing on how the water is getting higher and lands getting smaller. the ending came with a large dose of skepticism on my part as it was unbelievable and unsatisfactory. Set in a world that has suffered from the Ice caps melting, we are taken on a journey that looks at what the world might be like if everywhere flooded. Like Zoe, I would have liked to know more about what happened to all the people: 'Why aren't there more people here?Despite its bleakness the story itself is very good and has a very believable plot it’s just that Zoe is all over the place as far as her character goes and on top of that it seems like the story starts and ends in the middle.

She fetches up on the remote and sinking Eels Island where there is a barbarous community, and to find out whether she ever gets off Eels Island and whether she ever finds her parents again you will have to read the book. Alone and desperate among marauding gangs, she manages to dig a derelict boat out of the mud and escape to Eels Island. His first book, Floodland, was published by Orion in 2000, and won the Branford-Boase award for best debut children's novel. Well, if the country got smaller when the sea rose, then there ought to be more people squashed into what's left.

This is an interesting story set in the near future, where global warming has caused the Earth’s sea levels to rise, flooding much of Britain and the rest of the world. As for how it won an award, I suspect that's solely because it illustrates one of the future consequences of climate change: some real countries likely will be flooded that badly. The themes it throws up link to a number of topics from rivers, oceans, humanity, and global warming.

I've given it three stars rather than two though because the author wasn't to blame for the publisher's failure, while the story displays clear potential. 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. When I first saw Floodland on the shelf, I was intrigued by a storyline from the climate fiction genre. Of his story, Sedgwick says, "This was one of those stories that I thought might be a novel originally but actually was much better suited to the tight form of the short story.

No, that’s not a typo – Norwich has become an island as the ice caps melted and sea levels rose inundating much of Britain and the rest of the world.

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