Title: Ferals: The Crow Talker
Author: Jacob Grey
Genre: Fantasy, adventure, children’s, fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Pages: 256 pages
Publication Date: 26th March 2015
My Rating: 5/5
Hi there friends,
I’m so excited to share with you an amazing book which I read whilst on holiday! If you want to quickly be swept into an amazing fantasy world then this may well be the book for you. Quick warning though, if you aren’t a fan of insects, you might not like it that much!
I received a free copy of this book by the book’s publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Caw keeps having the same dream/nightmare every night. He’s being thrown out of a window by his parents and then is saved by crows. The thing is, it doesn’t feel like a dream, it’s more of a memory to be precise. Living without his parents, Caw’s sole companions are three crows. Living and finding food with his three crow companions is day to day life until everything changes. Why can Caw communicate with Crows? Why does he keep dreaming about spiders? Perhaps more importantly, are there truly any human he can trust?
This book blew me away. It has to be one of the best books I have read so far this year and after reading a book that I didn’t particuarly enjoy, it couldn’t have been more welcome. The whole concept of Ferals, escaped prisoners and extraordinary powers was brilliant and is executed just as well! This will appeal to boys and girls alike and has the potential to be one of those extraordinary books which get children (or even adults) passionate about reading! As a trainee teacher, this is certainly a book which I want to share with pupils to enthuse, engage and motivate them to delve into the magical worlds of books!
Caw is an extremely likeable protagonist and seeing the world of Ferals through his eyes really helps the reader to empathise with his plight. An orphan child, completely alone, apart from the company of three crows. Seeing families with wealth, food, security, love and happiness. A world that juxtaposes/contrasts the harsh reality of Caw’s life. Can a little girl, a librarian and animals change his life? You’re just going to have to read the book to find out!
Highly recommended for children and adults alike. 5/5 stars!
If you would like to obtain a copy of the book, here are a few places you can get the book from: Amazon UK or Barnes and Noble. Please don’t just restrict yourself to these big retailers, support your local bookshops too!
Anna (Books and Bookends) x