Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

October, October by Katya Balen & illustrated by Angela Harding

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ~ Anne of Green Gables

October, October is a powerful story of love, discovery, challenges, loss and rebuilding. 11-year-old October lives in the forest with her father. They are wild and love everything about their off-grid existence. They rely on themselves and the forest for life, joy and fulfilment. October thrives on their traditions and her close relationship with both her father and the natural world around her. She loves to find treasures and imagine their stories. Her collection of found things are precious to her and she is happiest when exploring the forest after a storm. As the story begins, October discovers her most special treasures yet. Their stories become key to October’s future and the unexpected turns life takes.

Cleverly told through a first-person inner monologue, Katya Balen gives incredible insight into the thoughts and intense feelings of her character. The reader is drawn right into the powerful emotions October experiences as she attempts to navigate her way through an unknown world. Themes of letting go, dealing with change, loss and gain shape the story into something truly special. Readers are encouraged to really think about what it means to be wild and free and how to find their own perfect ending.

Thank you to Bloomsbury Children’s Books and NetGalley for this unique book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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