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She lands on tiny Eels Island, where she must survive in a nightmarish world run by wild children and their boy-leader, Dooby. 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. I love Marcus Sedgwick and his writing style and this being his debut novel was clearly a stepping stone for his future work to come. The idea behind this post apocalyptic world was fascinating and it wasn't too preachy seeing as it is a possible eventuality of global warming.

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. The odds are against survival but as reluctant relationships develop, built on the shaky foundations of need rather than any form of trust, Sedgwick captures the essence of human nature by never passing judgement on even the bad guys, preferring instead to make them, quite simply, human beings who have been forced to recognise the survival of the fittest. After seeing Floodland used in a Year 5 class on my last placement I was pleasantly surprised at its many uses within the classroom and its cross curricular links.For my opinion, the ending of the book was a little disappointing, because it ended like on the middle of the story. Instead, she escapes with a boy named Munchkin, successfully goes to mainland, and meets her parents that she hadn't seen for a year. I think it would have been better if it showed how Zoe and Munchkin got along and about them having their baby brother. 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. 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.

I'd had it for ages but didn't know where I was going to use it until the character of Edgar came along: "I suspect I may have fleas again".

This is stunning debut novel from Marcus Sedgwick and one in which the reader is instantly transported to the watery wastelands of the Fens via strong characterisation and an atmospheric tension that envelops the reader in a sea mist that chills to the bone. A girl named Zoe is left alone by her parents in the ruins of Norwich, which has become an island where food and water are becoming increasingly scarce.

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