The Last Wild should be used in schools! YES! It was so good. I didn't know what to expect going in. But I am very happy that I got a chance to read it. The book is split into a 6 part adventure which works so well. It has people who stutter, a boy who only talks to animals, and a world where animals are going extinct. So what more could you want? I think this book would be great for kids who are dealing with these issues. And it was also an eye opener to the real issue of animals going extinct.
The main character Kester meets a very large range of animals from small to large. The Last Wild has so much imagination and I think that both kids and teachers as well as some parents would die to read this one. I loved The Last Wild and will be buying a copy for my daughter’s class.
In a world where animals no longer exist, twelve-year-old Kester Jaynes sometimes feels like he hardly exists either. Locked away in a home for troubled children, he's told there's something wrong with him. So when he meets a flock of talking pigeons and a bossy cockroach, Kester thinks he's finally gone crazy. But the animals have something to say. And they need him. The pigeons fly Kester to a wild place where the last creatures in the land have survived. A wise stag needs Kester's help, and together they must embark on a great journey, joined along the way by an overenthusiastic wolf cub, a military-trained cockroach, a mouse with a ritual for everything, and a stubborn girl named Polly. The animals saved Kester Jaynes. But can Kester save the animals?
Age Range: 8 - 12 years / Grade Level: 3 - 6