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In the Trees

Pauline Fisk

Pauline Fisk’s third novel for Faber

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All around him, the smell of trees rose from the ground, earthy and dank, just the way he’d smelt it that first day. And he’d heard a voice that day, which he’d thought was calling out a welcome. But really it had been calling out for help.’

Kid Cato’s come to Belize, on the Caribbean coast. He’s left behind his life in London and is looking for his dad. But what he finds instead is a group of gap year volunteers. They’re just the boring, do-good types he’s always hated, but he’s stuck with them. Stuck with the jungle too – but, by the time it’s done with him, he’l never be the same. And neither will Kid’s new companions. Living in the trees will change them all.

‘Forest are like lungs. They breathe life into us and make us one. Here we are from worlds apart. And thanks to the forest we’re sharing one life. Where we come from doesn’t matter, or what we once were in the past. It’s what we are now that matters. It’s what we make of ourselves.’

Critic Reviews

'The gap-year novel has arrived, hot from Belize and Pauline Fisk's capable pen. Kid Cato, hero of In the Trees (Faber, £6.99), is a London outsider searching for his father in Belize.'

Mary Shine Thompson, Irish Times
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The book is a must-read, in addition to a moving story, it provides a voice that asks people to open their eyes to the effects of global warming.

Live Magazine
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Absorbing story of gap years, comings-of-age and the different places we call home. Interesting and unusual, it's a welcome change from the genre fare filling the teen shelves.

Jill Murphy, The Bookbag
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This novel marks quite a departure from award winning Pauline Fisk's stories of fantasy and magic realism. It is a teen-age 'coming-of-age' story with a difference ... She vividly brings to life the beauty and dangers of Belize's varying landscapes, both rural and urban. Fisk's writing at its best is novel when describing the Belize jungle and the startling nature of its sights and sounds stay with you long after the end of the novel.This is an unusual and compelling read.

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'This is a story full of questions for a young teenager. Who is my family? Where do I belong? Who are my friends? The descriptions of the beautiful and vulnerable jungle will also make the reader think. What can I do?'

The School Librarian
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'The book is a must-read, in addition to a moving story, it provides a voice that asks people to open their eyes to the effects of global warming.'

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Pauline Fisk is the much-loved author of eleven children’s novels, including In the Trees, Flying for Frankie, Sabrina Fludde and Midnight Blue which won the Smarties Prize and was shortlisted for the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award. Pauline has five children and lives in Shropshire.

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