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October, October

October, October

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Katya Balen

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This story is about a girl called October and the story starts when she is 10 years old and living in a wooden cabin with her dad. Through the early parts of the story we find out about October her interests why she is with her Dad and not her Mum and her vivid description of the forest that surrounds her. This is a beautifully worded and evocative story.

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Katya Balen's October, October is a very special new addition to the shelf and deserves classic status - Times Children's Book of the WeekA classic in the making for anyone who ever longed to be WILD. October and her dad live in the woods. They sleep in the house Dad built for them and eat the food they grow in the vegetable patches.

They know the trees and the rocks and the lake and stars like best friends. They read the books they buy in town again and again until the pages are soft and yellow - until next year's town visit. They live in the woods and they are wild.

And that's the way it is. Until the year October turns eleven. That's the year October rescues a baby owl.

It's the year Dad falls out of the biggest tree in their woods. The year the woman who calls herself October's mother comes back. The year everything changes.

Written in Katya Balen's heart-stoppingly beautiful style, this book is a feast for the senses, filled with the woodsmoke smell of crisp autumn mornings and the sound of wellies squelching in river mud. And, as October fights to find the space to be wild in the whirling chaos of the world beyond the woods, it is also a feast for the soul. 

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