Nightwanderers

Nightwanderers

Nightwanderers
C. J. Flood

Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

ISBN 9780857078056

A stunning, sad and darkly funny story about intense female friendship, from award-winning author, C. J. Flood. It all started with a poo in a flowerbed. Rosie and Titania are as close as sisters - closer, in fact. While Rosie is shy, red-faced and passive, Ti is big, tough and daring. They shouldn't be friends, but they are. Creeping out at night, the girls love to secretly wander through their coastal town, exploring empty streets and sharing their frustrations about school and their different, but equally difficult, families. But when Rosie betrays Ti, the two girls run in different directions - making decisions that could do irreparable damage to both of their lives. As Rosie confronts harsh truths, she must find a way back to Ti, and to herself. Whenever I heard the word kindred, I thought of me and Ti. `Flood has a talent for contemporary detail, voice and atmosphere' The Sunday Times `Brilliantly evocative...sharp and funny' The Scotsman

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Nightwanderers4/5

Nightwanderers

C. J. Flood

Review

This book is full of teen drama and angst. Rosie and Titania love to secretly wander through their costal town at night, setting the world to rights. Their personalities are very different but somehow they complement each other, Rosie being the calming influence while Titania gives her the confidence to do things she wouldn't otherwise dare. Their friendship quickly unravels when Ti gets caught having gone a step too far on one of their night wanders. Rosie is adrift without Ti. The struggle to fit in and survive at school and the battle to rebuild her friendship with Ti is authentically written. This book really appealed to girls in years 9 & 10 although some found the ending a little too neatly sewn up. 320 pages / Ages 14+ / Reviewed by Clair Bossons, librarian.

Reviewed by: Clair Bossons


Nightwanderers4/5

Nightwanderers

C. J. Flood

A girl Rosie who is coping without her best friend, Ti.

Review

The characters are really well developed and you can really feel for them. It's very dramatic and there's a sense of suspense building up throughout the whole story.

Reviewed by: Emma


Nightwanderers4/5

Nightwanderers

C. J. Flood

Friendships

Review

Everything in the book isn't sugar-coated. It's all very straightforward and tells the story in a way that just makes it feel like you're in Rosie's shoes, which I think the author wants.

Overall, the book is just amazing. I didn't think I'd like it when I picked it up, but I gave it a chance and it was amazing. It didn't have many cliche's unlike most stories told like diaries. A lot of things were quite shocking, which was amazing. I always assumed something and then 99% of the time I was actually wrong.

A really worthwhile read!

Reviewed by: Aaliyah


Nightwanderers4/5

Nightwanderers

C. J. Flood

Review

Night Wanderers is the story of twin sisters, Ophelia and Titania and Titania's friend Rosie. The twins are always in trouble, at home and at school and Ophelia's behaviour puts Titania in some difficult situations. The twins work in the family cafe when they are not at school, Ophelia is talented but both girls end up getting expelled. Rosie's loyalty to Ti is stretched to the limit and when one of the twin's pranks on a teacher goes horribly wrong, Rosie steps back from the situation and turns her back, reluctantly, on Ti and becomes friends with Alisha and Kiaru. This causes the twins' behaviour to become even more out of control and they disappear after a fire at the school puts their teacher in hospital. The town mourns them but eventually Ti returns and does the right thing, and faces up to the problems the twins have caused. A warm, touching story of sibling love and loyalty and also of how a close friendship makes friends feel like sisters too. Recommended for year 8 students and above.

Reviewed by: Amanda Allen


Nightwanderers3/5

Nightwanderers

C. J. Flood

Review

When I finished this book I wasn't sure I had enjoyed it. But the characters have stayed with me despite reading other novels since. The characters Ti and Rosie have a deep friendship with is tested. The girls night wander (which I found worrying) and revenge is in store. This causes more drama and pushes the characters friendship. The families of both girls have strong roles in the story and although I not sure of the story the characters and their families were well written and enjoyable. 320 pages / Ages 12+ / Reviewed by Julie Aldous.

Reviewed by: Julie Aldous


Nightwanderers4/5

Nightwanderers

C. J. Flood

Review

I was sent this book by accident in place of another I was expecting to review but this turned out to be a happy accident as I thoroughly enjoyed reading Night Wanderers once I got past my initial suspicion of the title. In my mind, the title conjured some sort of gothic horror story but it turned out to be nothing of the sort. The story follows the friendship of a girl called Rosie with a more volatile girl called Titania. There were elements to this story that I loved. The initial chapters were a nice introduction to the dynamics between the characters and I couldn't see how this was young adult/teen fiction but as the plot twists, some of the themes darken and it becomes less suitable for a younger audience. The story nicely illustrates the awkwardness and social complexities of teenage friendship although as an adult reading it, there are moments I felt I couldn't empathis with the characters' decisions. This may be because I am no longer a teenage girl and maybe a teen audience might not perceive those flaws. I liked the way that the story showed things from one perspective only, until towards the end of the book, as the characters' own perceptions were opened up, so the points of view of other protagonists become more apparent. Night Wanderers contained clever writing, hooked me and kept me reading till the end. I couldn't decide whether to say 12+ or 14+ for the age. It might depend on the emotional maturity of the reader rather than their reading age.

Reviewed by: Alison Urquhart