When the Wild Calls

Nicola Penfold


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Little Tiger Press Group
11 April 2024
ISBN: 9781788956215
288 pages

From the publisher

The journey winds through me, twisted and turned, like a difficult second spine…

Having escaped their city, Juniper Green and her brother Bear have settled in Ennerdale with their dad and his family. Every day the Wild introduces them to a new wonder, but Juniper can’t stop worrying about her grandmother and best friend left behind. When she hears news that disease has entered the city, she’s determined to bring her loved ones to safety.

Trapped in a city riddled with disease and run by a ruthless leader, Etienne longs for the Wild. With the guards becoming more aggressive to counteract the growing rebellion, Etienne’s prepared to fight for his freedom. But will he be able to protect himself and keep those around him safe until Juniper returns from the Wild?

The compelling and thought-provoking sequel to the much-loved WHERE THE WORLD TURNS WILD, this ecological adventure is perfect for fans of THE LAST BEARRUNNING ON THE ROOF OF THE WORLD and THE LAST WILD.



“A triumph of a sequel. Emotional punch and ecological awareness wrapped up in an exciting adventure. It was a joy to return.” Hannah Gold, author of The Last Bear

“Brave, insightful and beautifully written” Zillah Bethell, author of The Shark Caller

“Penfold’s writing is startling. It delivers such a crucial eco message, raw in its honesty, poetic and heartfelt, and ultimately sings with hope.” Jasbinder Bilan, author of Aarti and the Blue Gods

“A brilliant and thoughtfully written ecological adventure … Love, love, loved it!” A M Howell, author of Peril on the Atlantic

“Wonderful, wild and warm-hearted – a thought-provoking read with a deep love of nature nestled at its core. Perfect for earth-conscious, adventure-thirsty young readers.” Sophie Kirtley, author of The Wild Way Home

“A beautifully written story of friendship, bravery and our connection to the wilderness. I fell in love with Juniper and Etienne all over again. Penfold’s heartfelt stories are the ones our planet needs. I loved it.” Tamsin Winter, author of Being Miss Nobody

“A gripping dystopian tale … Nicola is brilliant at telling important stories and filling them with heart and hope.” Judith Eagle, author of The Accidental Stowaway

“Penfold’s skilful storytelling offers a powerful and thought-provoking narrative with themes of courage and resilience that will resonate with 9-12-year-olds.” The School Reading List