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The Nearest Faraway Place

The Nearest Faraway Place

by Hayley Long

ISBN: 9781471406263

Griff and Dylan are returning from a holiday with their parents, about to cross into Manhattan. And then it happens. A trailer from the lorry in front smashes into their car. Dylan and Griff's parents are killed. The boys are suddenly orphans with nowhere to go until a kind aunt and uncle give them a new home in Wales. Now Dylan and Griff have everything they need - love, a happy home and future. But Dylan is worried about Griff: whether he is OK, whether he is copying with the terrible loss. He doesn't seem to speak about it or really acknowledge it. And Dylan has something else that he needs to come to terms with too.


Grace - Kimberley School - 2019

I love this book. It is so mysterious and makes you hopeful. It makes you feel sorry for the boys in it.

Jessica - All Saints Catholic Voluntary Academy - 2019

This book was so touching, it made me cry tears of sadness and joy and feel all mixed up inside - its now one of my favourites! It was like an emotional rollercoaster, I really loved it.

Saanvi - Nottingham Girls High School - 2019

I loved this book as the main event (the car crash) suddenly happened after a normal conversation and a page-turn. It then showed Griff and Dylan's journey to get back to a regular life. The climax of the story was very descriptive and created the perfect mood.

Michael - Bulwell Academy - 2019

Amazing book, great characters and plot with an unexpected twist.

Narisse - Nottingham Girls High School - 2019

This book was slow moving at first, but as the storyline developes we begin to watch the characters develop and we also learn more of their backstory. The ideas the author meant to give the reader were clearly put out.

Anna - George Spencer Academy - 2019

I thought it was a good book because it had an amazing twist in it and I enjoyed it thoroughly.