Book of the Week
October, October by Katya Balen
October and her dad live in the woods. They know the trees and the rocks and the lake and stars like best friends. 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.
This is an evocative exploration of what it means to be truly alive and wholly human. The captivating story features exquisite descriptions of the natural world and relationships that develop and heal, all told through a natural language and style. Wild, clever and caring October’s relationship with the forest sets the tone for her relationship with others in her life. This is a beautiful, lyrical novel alive with wonder and curiosity which brings your senses to life.
October October is shortlisted for this year’s Carnegie medal.