John has given us a wonderful coming-of-age children's adventure set in prehistoric times, which I read with real pleasure, despite my advancing years! A boy, Urrell, growing up in a community where survival depends on hunting and where being an orphan means he is an outsider, becomes obsessed with finding the mystical creatures of story-telling around the fire: the mammoths. His quest takes him away from his village and into strange and scary forests and caves, learning about himself as he experiences magical and life-changing adventures, before he fulfils his destiny. Beautifully, vividly written, this will become a classic. Highly recommended for children of all ages.