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5.0 out of 5 stars Floodland, a book full of ambition, questions and one brave little girl and her boat.
This is an impeccable book. Marcus Sedgwick is an intelligent author who has woven many layers into a gripping novel for children 9+. Floodland is about a girl called Zoe, who escapes a derelict and rundown Norwich that has been turned into an island by the rising sea. She is on the search for her missing parents, but will she succeed? The first two words ‘Zoe...
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I waded through this book and compared it to Ballard's 'The Drowned World'. Ballard wrote for aduts and his book had many levels and ideas. Sedgwick has written for children and underestimated his audience. Wooden characters sail in a wooden boat across a flooded land . The boat doesn't have a sail. Fitting metaphor! We all know that hard situations change people.Why...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Floodland, a book full of ambition, questions and one brave little girl and her boat., 20 Mar. 2015
This review is from: Floodland (Kindle Edition)
This is an impeccable book. Marcus Sedgwick is an intelligent author who has woven many layers into a gripping novel for children 9+. Floodland is about a girl called Zoe, who escapes a derelict and rundown Norwich that has been turned into an island by the rising sea. She is on the search for her missing parents, but will she succeed? The first two words ‘Zoe ran’ immediately engages the reader and allows them to ask hundreds of questions about what could happen next. It demonstrates how the characters can develop over time and makes the characters come alive. The ending answers loads of the questions asked throughout the book, including what happens to Zoe’s absent parents.
There are a few minor cons, it would have been nice to explore some of the other islands and tribes mentioned and also it is a little dialogue heavy in places.
Overall, a book full of ambition, questions and one brave little girl and her boat.
Thomas A Becket Middle Writing Club thoroughly recommends this book and loved reading it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic adventure story, 20 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Floodland (Paperback)
The Characters
- Zoe is the main character and needs to find her parents, but things go wrong when she gets caught in a storm.
- Dooby is nasty and he's the leader of the Eels. He only likes Zoe and other members of his tribe.
- Munchkin is kinder than the other Eels and doesn't fight like the rest of the tribe.
- Spat loves fighting (he dies; Dooby kills him) and goes out with Sarah.
- William is mad, but some of his stories are true.

The Plot
The story centres around a girl called Zoe who is determined to find her parents. She fixes a boat called Lyca and sets off in search of them.

My Opinion
I think it is a hilarious and exciting book. There's lots of adventure - everytime you finish a page it's like you're saying in your head "What's going to happen next?" It is a fantastic book - I would give it 5 stars out of five and highly recommend it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Determination, intelligence and fortitude, 31 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Floodland (Kindle Edition)
In a world not very far in the future, Zoe has been stranded on the island of Norwich. She and her parents were in two boats transferring them to the last ship to enable them to escape, but hers failed to reach it. Zoe finds herself to be more resourceful than she ever imagined, and despite much adversity in this shrinking world, she finds a way of escape, only to land up in an even worse situation, the Isle of Ely, or should it just be the cathedral?

It's a cracking good tale with interesting and believable characters, especially understanding that children in adversity have resources to call on that their parents might not imagine. A tale that children with an independent streak will surely appreciate!

I have a minor gripe that Marcus Sedgwick perpetuates the myth that Norfolk is entirely flat, as with the flood levels in the novel Zoe would have to row a substantial way north before she reaches the open water as described, given that Ely is still above water, but as Ely is not actually named, I'm being pedantic. It's still an enjoyable read with a sound reminder that if there is no fair governence system, unfair systems will arise, as in William Golding's Lord of the Flies. That is but a sideline to Zoe's tale, though, as hers is one of determination, intelligence and fortitude overcoming all obstacles to reach one's goal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Future, 8 Nov. 2008
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This novel is aimed at older children and won the Branford Boase Award.

The story is set some time in the not too distant future. England has been almost completly reclaimed by the sea. Zoe, the heroine of the story hasnt seen her father and her sick mother since they sailed away from the island of Norwich on the last boat to leave, Zoe was accidentally left behind and has had to face life alone. Zoe comes across an abandoned old boat and spends hours making it seaworthy, she escapes and makes her way to Eel Island (which is actually Ely Cathedral, with the spires still standing). Eel Island is ruled by a strange young boy called Dooby and there she meets an old man William who tells her some odd stories - he tells Zoe about the days before England was flooded and people could actually drive from Norwich to Ely Cathedral.

The story continues with Zoe's journey. It is often quite tough and chaotic and I was reminded of Lord Of the Flies in places. This is a topical book - looking at climate change and global warming and what could actually happen in the future. It also shows how human beings can be brutal when it comes to self-preservation.

I really enjoyed this book and will definitely read more of his work.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting, yet mild story of a girl on her own..., 19 Mar. 2001
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This book is a one-off. Marcus Sedgwick has created an excellent book that young readers just can't put down.
The book is about a small girl called Zoe, who is living on Norwich, which is nearly an island. She finds a boat in an old warehouse and decides to travel to find more mainland, and possibly find her parents who escaped on a ship after being mistaken Zoe was going on board as well.
Once reaching an island called 'the eels' she finds a boy called Dooby, and many other children who believe Dooby is their leader. Once Zoe discovers what Dooby wants to do to her and her boat, she has to find a way to escape.
This story is a great read...and you're glued to it until you've reached the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floodland, 29 Mar. 2013
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This book was ace I loved it but one thing to improve I want to know what would of happened to rat William and doing but it was amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Floodland, 28 Dec. 2014
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I waded through this book and compared it to Ballard's 'The Drowned World'. Ballard wrote for aduts and his book had many levels and ideas. Sedgwick has written for children and underestimated his audience. Wooden characters sail in a wooden boat across a flooded land . The boat doesn't have a sail. Fitting metaphor! We all know that hard situations change people.Why was this book written? What drove Sedgwick to write this? A disappointing read ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floodland, 12 April 2013
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Very exciting. I wonder what happened to William? Dangerous! But was good in the end. Hope you like it too!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An easy, short read, 30 July 2014
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An easy, short read. However there was enough to give some depth to characters and to present an interesting concept of a world disappearing below the water and the despair this brings. Goldings Lord of the Flies came to mind when thinking how the children behaved when adults and order was no longer imposed. An enjoyable and thought provoking read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 24 Mar. 2014
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It was an emotional finish (tears were and still are in my eyes) brilliantly written and I would really recommend this book to anyone who enjoys an emotional and heartwarming book. A brilliant and excellent sensation of a book.

By Robbie Dorling.
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