A girl determined to follow her dream persuades two friends to join her for an off-the-grid adventure that becomes a survival story as they confront storms, illness, injury, and a gang of international jewel thieves.
Desperate to meet up with her unpredictable father, quiet Alice persuades two friends to abandon their boarding school’s orienteering exercise and head for a remote, inaccessible island. As they confront storms, illness, injury, and a gang of international jewel thieves, the quest tests their courage and loyalty and strengthens the bonds of friendship. Readers will cheer the runaways on, laugh with them at their foibles, and share Alice’s pleasure in overcoming the obstacles that stand in her way. This combination adventure, school story, and family story will delight fans of all three genres.
About the Author
Natasha Farrant is a literary scout and has written fiction for young people and adults. She lives in London.
★ "A rewarding novel with distinctive settings, well-drawn characters, and a satisfying conclusion." —Booklist, STARRED Review
"[D]elightfully in the spirit of classic British school stories...[a] buoyant coming-of-age tale....Smashing: a romantic, ripping yarn set in the mobile-phone era."—Kirkus
"Readers will enjoy accompanying Alice and her friends on this fast-paced adventure." —School Library Journal