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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting!
This is a Katherine Rundell's first novel and I think she is a writer that children are going to love. The story begins on a farm in Zimbabwe and this is clearly a country that Ms Rundell knows very well and loves a lot.

Our heroine Wilhelmina Silver (known as Will) is a free spirit and has the kind of carefree childhood most of us can only dream of as she is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and engrossing
This is a lovely tale which is told in pleasingly evocative (if occassionally overwrought) language. Will's life in Zimbabwe is captured skillfully with plenty of interesting detail and the sontrast of it to her new life at boarding school in London is sharply felt.

Will's character, as well as her predicament, is easy to sympathise with. She is as wild as the...
Published on 31 Dec 2010 by kathryn


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting!, 11 May 2012
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This is a Katherine Rundell's first novel and I think she is a writer that children are going to love. The story begins on a farm in Zimbabwe and this is clearly a country that Ms Rundell knows very well and loves a lot.

Our heroine Wilhelmina Silver (known as Will) is a free spirit and has the kind of carefree childhood most of us can only dream of as she is able to spend her days outside, in the fresh air and sunshine, with her friends - the animals and farm boys. Malaria has killed her mother some years before and now it takes her father, and at the same time it robs her of her golden world and everything she knows and loves. She is sent to boarding school in England and arrives during a particularly cold, grey, miserable February - your heart aches for her! She just doesn't fit in. The girls don't like her. Her hair is too messy. She has the wrong clothes and the wrong accent; she isn't clever or pretty, she would rather be outside turning cart wheels or climbing trees than inside sitting at a desk failing to understand Algebra. She decides to escape.

This is an enchanting story and Ms Rundell's writing bring Africa to life wonderfully for those of us who have never experienced anywhere like Two Tree Farm or had a best friend who was a monkey. Great first novel!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl Savage, 6 Oct 2011
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The Girl Savage has much to recommend it, but at it's heart is a beautifully written search for love and joy in a difficult world. The book follows the adventures of Wilhemina Silver from a sunlit, wild Africa - a beautiful fantasy land that is all the best of Africa, written with a passion and joy that cannot help but leave any reader longing to be there - to the dark, cold and seemingly heartless world of a private english boarding school. It's in this new life that Will has to struggle to hold on to her ideals of courage and truth in a world that seems only grey.

Will's character is wonderfully written, full of absolutes, and the reader is easily drawn into her story. Her moments of pain and defeat are heartbreaking and it's easy to identify with her struggle for acceptance in a world that doesn't understand her. This is a book that will appeal immesely to any school-age reader. Will's exhuberance is infectious and the warm, discriptive writing will keep them locked in their room to the end.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and engrossing, 31 Dec 2010
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kathryn "Kate" (London, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This is a lovely tale which is told in pleasingly evocative (if occassionally overwrought) language. Will's life in Zimbabwe is captured skillfully with plenty of interesting detail and the sontrast of it to her new life at boarding school in London is sharply felt.

Will's character, as well as her predicament, is easy to sympathise with. She is as wild as the Wildcat nickname she earns, but what makes her likable is her urge to honour the things and people she deems worthy. She is not a tearaway, she simply has codes of proper conduct and respect learned from her native Zaimbabwen friends and the natural world around her.

The characters are mostly rather flat, and this is pretty much a story that has been told many times before - for exampem A Little Princess by Frances Hodgeson Burnett - but the lively style, and the vibrancy of the main character make it a good read that keeps you fully absorbed to the conclusion.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Girl Savage, 28 Jan 2011
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A wonderfully colourful read, this gripping book tells an exciting tale of unexpected courage and beauty. Will is so vibrant and full of life that one cannot help but be drawn into her world - creative descriptions bringing the sights, sounds and smells of Africa into a tangible reality. A thoroughly enjoyable adventure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and heart rending, 23 Nov 2014
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This book is about a girl called Will who lives in Africa on a farm with her father. She has everything she could ever wish for a horse a monkey and a exiting life filled with food fun and friends.
But when her father dies will has to leave her magical African home and swap it for a boarding school in England there the girls torment her and make sure every day is a misery . no one understands her so how will Will cope? A descriptive beautiful book that makes you feel like your sitting and watching it happening!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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My 10 yr old daughter really enjoyed this book. She highly recommends it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good story for children ages 10 to 12, 18 Nov 2013
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A good book to get children reading and very true to everyday life. Makes reader consider other
childrens' culture and background.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GIRL SAVAGE, 9 Aug 2014
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if you love Roof Toppers YOU'LL LOVE THE GIRL SAVAGE
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Zimbabwean authors are the best, 24 July 2011
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This book was bought as a gift for my sister, she knew the author in primary school and wanted to see how good it was. Upon reading it you instantly know that the writer has an intense connection and affinity with Zimbabwe. A very well written and capturing book.
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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book, 14 Jan 2014
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Mrs. J. M. Holly "JMH" (England) - See all my reviews
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My 12 year old granddaughter loved it. She reads every day and she can discuss the story with her friends. Thank you for the excellent service.
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