Suitable for 9 - 12 years

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Zoe ran. Harder than she had ever run in her life. Her feet pounded through the deserted streets of derelict buildings. Somewhere, not far behind, she could hear the gang coming after her. It felt as if her heart would burst but she didn’t slow down. She’d been planning to leave the island for a long time but had been putting it off. It was a big decision to set out to sea in a tiny rowing boat. Now she had no choice.

Imagine that a few years from now, England is covered by water and Norwich is an island. Zoe, left behind in the confusion when her parents escaped, survives there as best she can. Alone and desperate among marauding gangs, she manages to dig a derelict boat out of the mud and get away to Eels Island. But Eels Island, whose raggle-taggle inhabitants are dominated by the strange boy Dooby, is full of danger too. As Zoe stages a daring escape, will she ever find a safe place and be reunited with her family? Set in a ravaged future, this is a powerful and emotive novel full of stunning landscapes from award-winning writer Marcus Sedgwick.

Product Details

Catalogue number

1730 in Education Catalogue 2023–24






Orion Children's Books

Date published

August 5th, 2010

Lexile measure


Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 3.7; Middle years; 4.0 points

Other details

  • 128 pages



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  1. lolage8682
    on 17 January 2018

    This is our class novel at the moment, so far we are only on chapter 4 part 2.Its really perplexing and fun to read . I recommend it

    4out of 5
  2. pops246246
    on 25 March 2014

    love this book it our class novel 25th March 2014 Tuesday

    5out of 5
  3. hawk12
    on 9 March 2014

    a dark story

  4. 123456711
    on 21 November 2012

    this book is amazing it has been read b me and my class mates in school it is brilliant.

    it is tangfastic

    5out of 5
  5. sweethart184
    on 2 March 2012

    brillient book

  6. hannaho12
    on 17 July 2011

    Me and my class mates are reading this book and we all think it’s brillient!! I really want to know weather Zoe will escape with william on Like her ( zoe’s boat).

    5out of 5