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on 10 January 2017
very intense and very good for teenage readers. This's tort follows a young girl in England and most of the country has been flooded because of global warming and she tries to find her parents who had been taken away on boats.
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on 26 April 2017
Love Marcus's style. Enjoyed this story but seemed to end too soon. Felt like the start of a series. Still, well worth reading
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on 3 August 2017
Not much flesh to the story - and the writing did not take me on a journey. Sorry. Spelling mistakes in the book as well.
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on 10 July 2017
It is something that will remain in my mind forever. I wish that there were more like this. I loved it
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on 27 April 2017
Great
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on 20 March 2015
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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on 31 December 2011
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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on 20 February 2013
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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on 19 March 2001
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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on 29 March 2013
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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