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Where the World Ends

Where the World Ends

Geraldine McCaughrean

Flatiron Books

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Winner of the 2018 Carnegie Medal! New from Michael L. Printz Award winner Geraldine McCaughrean comes an extraordinary story of eight boys stranded on a rock in the middle of the sea, left to fight for their survival.

Every time a lad went fowling on the stacs, he came home less of a boy and more of a man. If he went home at all, that is.

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 such a forsaken place of stone and sea?

This is an extraordinary story of fortitude, endurance, tragedy and survival, set against an unforgettable backdrop of savage beauty.

Praise for Where the World Ends

Junior Library Guild Selection

“An epic, nearly mythic tale. McCaughrean takes the bones of a real event, wraps it in immersive, imaginative detail and thoroughly real emotion, and creates an unforgettable tale of human survival. A masterpiece.” —Kirkus, starred review

“McCaughrean writes extraordinary books: emotionally thunderous stories that evoke place and atmosphere with uncommon vigour, and are expressed with exhilarating precision of language. Everything Geraldine McCaughrean touches turns to gold.” —The Sunday Times

“Harshly beautiful, and stark with near-despair, this is an unsettling, deeply original historical novel.” —The Guardian

“Unsettling and utterly gripping, Where the World Ends paints a stunning portrait of a desperate battle for survival and the different methods employed to keep the group—and their fears—under some sort of control. With its wonderful evocation of time and place, beautiful writing and compelling storyline, this is a stunning addition to McCaughrean’s already impressive portfolio of books.” —Lancashire Evening Post

“An awe-inspiring writer.” —The Sunday Telegraph

“This is the best book I've read this year. Extraordinary.” —Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars

“From tragedy McCaughrean has created a wonderful love story.” —Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse

“Brilliant, beautiful, as unpredictable as the sea itself.” —Philip Reeve, author of The Mortal Engines

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Junior Library Guild Selection

“An epic, nearly mythic tale. McCaughrean takes the bones of a real event, wraps it in immersive, imaginative detail and thoroughly real emotion, and creates an unforgettable tale of human survival. A masterpiece.” —Kirkus, starred review

“McCaughrean writes extraordinary books: emotionally thunderous stories that evoke place and atmosphere with uncommon vigour, and are expressed with exhilarating precision of language. Everything Geraldine McCaughrean touches turns to gold.” —The Sunday Times

“Harshly beautiful, and stark with near-despair, this is an unsettling, deeply original historical novel.” —The Guardian

“Unsettling and utterly gripping, Where the World Ends paints a stunning portrait of a desperate battle for survival and the different methods employed to keep the group—and their fears—under some sort of control. With its wonderful evocation of time and place, beautiful writing and compelling storyline, this is a stunning addition to McCaughrean’s already impressive portfolio of books.” —Lancashire Evening Post

“An awe-inspiring writer.” —The Sunday Telegraph

“This is the best book I've read this year. Extraordinary.” —Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars

“From tragedy McCaughrean has created a wonderful love story.” —Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse

“Brilliant, beautiful, as unpredictable as the sea itself.” —Philip Reeve, author of The Mortal Engines

Where the World Ends is outstanding and a hugely deserving winner of the Carnegie Medal. Each of the characters caught on Warrior’s Stac has their own tale and the tension built through the predicament they find themselves ensnared in—quite literally caught on a precipice—is palpable. Like a diamond, this is a story with an impressive array of sides and surfaces, each reflecting and refracting experience and understanding in ways that judges feel will stay with readers for a lifetime.” —Jake Hope, chair of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 judging panel

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Geraldine McCaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean is the author of the Printz Award winner The White Darkness, the New York Times bestseller Peter Pan in Scarlet, and many other books for children and young adults. She is a two-time winner of the Carnegie Medal, most recently for Where the World Ends. 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.

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Geraldine McCaughrean