Quill is the perfect role model for boys today, who mostly have Superheroes to look up to. He does the right thing in spite of the difficult consequences and triumphs in the end. This historical fiction novel is set off Scotland in 1727, and includes a map, information on the actual event, and data on the birds their lives depended on. A thrilling story of survival on many award lists this year!— Jamie
“This is a book about stories as much as it is about survival. Eight boys find themselves trapped on a sea stack four miles from home when their return boat fails to come for them. As the boys struggle to survive, narrator Quill begins to tell the boys stories in order to get them through the long months. An amazing story itself, Where the World Ends is chilling and beautiful. I was captivated to the last page.”
— Katherine Nazzaro, Trident Booksellers & Cafe, Boston, MA
Winner of the 2018 Carnegie Medal! New from Michael L. Printz Award winner Geraldine McCaughrean comes an extraordinary story of eight boys stranded on a rock in the middle of the sea, left to fight for their survival.
Every time a lad went fowling on the stacs, he came home less of a boy and more of a man. If he went home at all, that is.
Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they’ve been abandoned—cold, starving and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive such a forsaken place of stone and sea?
This is an extraordinary story of fortitude, endurance, tragedy and survival, set against an unforgettable backdrop of savage beauty.
Winner of the Carnegie Medal
Book of the Month Club Selection
Kirkus Best Book of the Year
Amazon Best Book of the Month
Junior Library Guild Selection
ABA IndieNext Pick
“An epic, nearly mythic tale. McCaughrean takes the bones of a real event, wraps it in immersive, imaginative detail and thoroughly real emotion, and creates an unforgettable tale of human survival. A masterpiece.” —Kirkus, starred review
“McCaughrean’s storytelling is as dramatic and harsh as the island itself…a stunning literary achievement.” —BookPage, starred review
“Where the World Ends is a beautiful, sorrowful, poignant book with deeply drawn characters, a chilling atmosphere, and waves of emotion. Highly recommended.” —New York Journal of Books
“Based on a true story, Where the World Ends stuns with its dark narrative and haunting visual imagery, exploring what happens when the everyday-ordinary turns disastrously extraordinary. Unforgettable.” —Shelf Awareness
“Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean is an extraordinary story of fortitude, endurance, tragedy and survival, set against an unforgettable backdrop of savage beauty.” —The Midwest Book Review
“McCaughrean writes extraordinary books: emotionally thunderous stories that evoke place and atmosphere with uncommon vigour, and are expressed with exhilarating precision of language. Everything Geraldine McCaughrean touches turns to gold.” —The Sunday Times
“Harshly beautiful, and stark with near-despair, this is an unsettling, deeply original historical novel.” —The Guardian
“Unsettling and utterly gripping, Where the World Ends paints a stunning portrait of a desperate battle for survival and the different methods employed to keep the group—and their fears—under some sort of control. With its wonderful evocation of time and place, beautiful writing and compelling storyline, this is a stunning addition to McCaughrean’s already impressive portfolio of books.” —Lancashire Evening Post
“Based on a real event, this is a story that sings to the soul. It belongs in every school and library. This is stark, beautiful story-making...everything a magnificent read should be.” —The Historical Novel Society
“An awe-inspiring writer.” —The Sunday Telegraph
“This is the best book I've read this year. Extraordinary.” —Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Girl of Ink and Stars
“From tragedy McCaughrean has created a wonderful love story.” —Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse
“Brilliant, beautiful, as unpredictable as the sea itself.” —Philip Reeve, author of The Mortal Engines
“Where the World Ends is outstanding and a hugely deserving winner of the Carnegie Medal. Each of the characters caught on Warrior’s Stac has their own tale and the tension built through the predicament they find themselves ensnared in—quite literally caught on a precipice—is palpable. Like a diamond, this is a story with an impressive array of sides and surfaces, each reflecting and refracting experience and understanding in ways that judges feel will stay with readers for a lifetime.” —Jake Hope, chair of the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2018 judging panel