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The House of Light by Julia Green

The House of Light

Julia Green

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Category: Children's
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 6 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9780192771568

The sea gives and the sea takes. The sea took Bonnie's mother away from her, to a new life on a distant shore. And now it has brought her three things: A boat, a boy, and a chance to be free.

  • The Sunday TimesChildren's Book of the Week
4 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
9 Jun 2019


This 17th children’s novel by Julia Green, who has coached a host of writers to success on Bath Spa University’s creative-writing course, feels timeless, even though it takes place after environmental disaster has returned existence to a struggle to live simply off the land. The setting is a nameless island, a place of border guards and intrusive authorities. Rebellious Bonnie, who lives with her increasingly frail grandfather, finds a dilapidated old rowing boat, and then a boy in need of help, who is a refugee from the sea. Together they plan an escape, driven by hope. A tender strand of revelations about Bonnie’s lost mother, affecting characterisation and a gentle, rocking prose carry us through this illuminating story.