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North of Nowhere [Hardcover]

Liz Kessler
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Book Description

17 Jan 2013
A gripping adventure centred around the mystery of Mia's missing grandfather.

When Mia's grandfather disappears, Mia and her mother immediately rush down to stay with her grandmother and offer support. With no friends and no internet access in the little seaside village where her grandparents live, Mia is bored and lonely--until she makes friends with Dee, the daughter of a fisherman from a nearby island, and Peter, who is on holiday with his parents. But Mia's grandad is still missing, and actually meeting face to face with Dee is proving surprisingly difficult. Mia becomes determined to find out what's going on, but the truth is much more mysterious than she ever imagined...

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens (17 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444001531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444001532
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Liz Kessler studied English at Loughborough University, has worked as a teacher and a journalist and has an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University. After taking a year off to travel around Europe in a camper van, Liz now lives in Cornwall.

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Lis Kessler has done it again...I thought North of Nowhere was stunning! Mindblowing! (SERENDIPITY REVIEWS)

compels and intrigues its reader and provides an excellent, enjoyable read along the way. A must-read (ARMADILLO)

a gripping read, an atmospheric adventure (NEWBOOKS)

It's an exciting adventure novel with a slightly paranormal twist that pre-teens will love. (Cheryl Pasquier Madhouse Family Reviews Blog)

There's an element of magic about the book which I loved and I thought it was beautifully written... North of Nowhere is the perfect book to read on a stormy night, curled up indoors with the fire crackling. I was gripped by Mia's story and the mystery of Luffsands. This was a truly magical and captivating read which I will definitely be recommending to everyone I know. (A Dream of Books Blog)

I can't see how any young reader can resist North of Nowhere. (Bookwitch Blog)

Suitable for readers aged 9+, the story was inspired by Hallsands, the South Devon village that collapsed into the sea on a stormy night in January 1917. (Choice Magazine)

...although it has magical elements, this is first and foremost a story about friendship and families, in particular the relationships between children and grandparents.' (BOOK TRUST)

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A night of storms. A lifetime of secrets. A week to find the truth. Time is running out as Mia tries to solve the mystery of her missing grandfather, in the second standalone novel by BLUE PETER AWARD-shortlisted author, Liz Kessler. Perfect for fans of Cathy Cassidy. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars North of Nowhere 20 Feb 2013
I haven't read anything by Liz Kessler before but when this beautiful little hardback book arrived, I couldn't wait to start reading it. I'm always looking for new British authors to try and I'm pleased to say that after thoroughly enjoying 'North of Nowhere', I'll definitely be hunting down some of Kessler's other books.

Set in the small fishing village of Porthaven, Mia and her mother arrive to stay with Mia's Gran after her Grandad mysteriously disappears. Initially friendless and unhappy, Mia eventually makes friends with a girl called Dee who she hasn't met in person but communicates with through Dee's diary.

The story is unpredictable and changeable like the seas that surround Porthaven. Things aren't always as they first appear and to a degree you need to suspense your disbelief, particularly near the end when things take an unexpectedd turn. There's an element of magic about the book which I loved and I thought it wa beautifully written.

Infinitely intriguing, I was hooked by 'North of Nowhere' and impressed by the very clever conclusion of the story which didn't disappoint in the slightest with it's imaginative ending. I had no idea what was going to happen and although not everything was explained this didn't matter in the slightest.

I was intrigued to read that the story was actually inspired by the real village of Hallsands in South Devon which collapsed into the sea. Due to terrible gales and high tides, only one house remained habitable in the village. It's terrible to think of people losing their homes and the hardship and heartache they must have gone through.

'North of Nowhere' is the perfect book to read on a stormy night, curled up indoors with the fire crackling. I was gripped by Mia's story and the mystery of Luffsands. This was a truly magical and captivating read which I will definitely be recommending to everyone I know.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, surprising read 17 July 2013
When this book arrived in the post the first thing that grabbed my attention was the gorgeous cover. I love the silhouettes of the trees against the stormy twilight sky, straight away I wanted to get reading to find out who the two children on the boat are and what they’re doing.

This is going to be a book that’s a little tricky to review, the plot is clever and needs to be discovered by reading rather than be me trying to describe it without giving anything away. At its most basic this is a story about family and friendship, but it’s so much more than this at the same time. Two or three times as I was reading I started to think I knew what was happening and where the book was going and then was thrilled to find that I was wrong or only half right.

I liked Mia, the main character, a lot. I found that as I was reading I felt like her thoughts were my thoughts from when I was in year 8, so many years ago. I think many young readers will really identify with Mia, particularly those in that tricky stage of trying to be the person they think their peers want them to be when at the same time they don’t really want to give up on things they love just because they might be perceived as babyish.

This book is targeted at the 9+ audience so I found it to be a lovely, quick read. There’s plenty packed into it and I found that I didn’t want to do anything other than keep reading it – there was no quick checking of Twitter or anything else until I’d finished reading, this is an exciting book that complete drags you in. I was really impressed by the book, it’s definitely one that I’m going to be pushing into young relatives’ hands.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really good 27 May 2014
By Me
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This book is really good with lots of twists and turns in the story line I would recommend it to 8 to 13 year olds
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW North Of Nowhere 18 May 2014
By Xxx
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Really enjoyed this book. Once you've started reading it you can't stop ! Really good book and will definitely read again!
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5.0 out of 5 stars best book since harry potter 23 Nov 2013
By dweezil
Format:Kindle Edition
to be honest its possibly one of the best books ive read before, it has amazing characters but can be confusing at times. really unpredictable (but thats what makes it great) !!! and is a must read, i think this book is aimed for 11-14 years of age. if liz kessler makes a sequel for 'a year without autumn' & 'north of nowhere' then it will be a dream come true!!!! thankyou wrote by a 11 year old girl
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yay! 19 Aug 2013
By Hello
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I'm very sad i finished it. It was a Fabulous book and obviously i didn't want to put it down. Very gripping, a must read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 2 July 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is good, but at times can be a little bit confusing and it was a good book! The end is very good, but very very confusing and complicated.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Storytelling
My 10 year old daughter is a big fan of Liz Kessler's previous novels, including the fantasy series, Philippa Fisher and Emily Windsnap, so I was keen to read her latest novel and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lovely Treez
4.0 out of 5 stars always a winner from this writer
There has yet to be a book from Liz for me to read that I have not liked. Though I guess needed found the interruption of Mia and Dee's story with two page out of time events by... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Paul Jutras
4.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric
If there's something that Liz does well, its bringing a story of suspense and mystery with a character that the younger reader can not only associate with but want to spend time... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars An atmospheric adventure with a great storyline.
This standalone novel from established author Liz Kessler is aimed at children aged 9 and above.

Mia and her mum head off to the quiet little seaside village of... Read more
Published 21 months ago by L. H. Healy
5.0 out of 5 stars Family tale with a hint of magic for 9+ readers
I really enjoyed this story and would probably (if it were for adults) class it as magical realism: there is an element of magic or the impossible in the plot, but it isn't a... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Mrs. B. S. Kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Originally posted on Serendipity Reviews.
Liz Kessler has done it again.
North of Nowhere seems to have collected the essence of excellent time travel stories and weaved... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Serendipity Reviews
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