The Wild Way Home


Charlie Merriam has counted down the day until her new baby brother or sister is born. It seems as though it might arrive on her twelfth birthday. Meanwhile she plays in the woods with her friends Beaky and Lamont, and Nero the dog. Somehow their games throw up shadows of past travellers through this forest. Furthermore, Charlie feels the presence of Hartboy, someone who existed here once, civilisations before. It seems he has some link to the deer tooth that Charlie finds on the eve of the birthday, alongside the same time that the baby arrives….

What is wrong with the baby? Why does Mum howl when the doctors return to the hospital room with news? Charlie’s flight leads her through the hospital doors to the woods she knows so well, beyond Beaky and Lamont into something entirely unfamiliar.

What can a Stone Age Boy have to do with her? It can’t be more than coincidence that he’s lost, mourning a baby? Somehow the pair have little time to gather themselves for there are wolf packs, lynxes, eagles and a strange haunted man with a knife. How might Charlie return from all of this? While the wooded landscape is familiar, it seems entirely different and entrapping. How can Charlie find The Wild Way Home back to Mum, Dad and the baby who needs her love and ‘make safe’ sense?

What a lyrical, absorbing and beautiful novel! Bookwagon is delighted to welcome The Wild Way Home aboard.

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The Wild Way Home

Sophie Kirtley


Charlie Merriam seeks The Wild Way Home. At first it’s when she’s playing in the forest with Lamont and Beaky, yet later it’s after the baby arrives. Somehow in between she’s encountered a ‘dream’ boy, lumbering through the undergrowth- ‘Cholliemerrum.’ What is going on?
From before when Hartboy’s deer tooth earned on his twelfth birthday to Charlie’s twelfth birthday, we journey. Somehow the deer tooth is a link within the time zones. From Deadman’s Cave to Gabriel’s Oak it seems as though the landscape has existed forever, despite years and civilisations. Therefore, when Charlie discovers the boy ‘floating in a rocky pool‘ near a ‘jagged rock’, ‘smeared in blood‘ time seems to have spun.
The boy is Harby, Hartboy. Like Charlie, he has a new baby in his family. Furthermore, he is lost and afraid. Yet where is the baby and his home? Furthermore, how has Charlie arrived at this place? She remembers running from the hospital, yet somehow she’s run into the forest, beyond her friends and into something entirely familiar yet different. How can she negotiate through wolf cubs, eagles, ‘spea’, lynxes, spirit songs and find her way back to where she belongs?
The Wild Way Home is lyrical, meaningful and poignant. We recognise the pain and fear shared by Charlie and Harby. Furthermore we are aware of the environmental story that writhes and clings through the pages. This is a rich and wonderful story, recommended to readers who love Where the World Tuns Wild. Bookwagon is fascinated and enriched by reading this beautiful story of home, safety and eternity.


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