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Summary

Bloomsbury presents October, October by Katya Balen, read by Aysha Kala.

A classic in the making for anyone who ever longed to be wild.

October and her dad live in the woods. They sleep in the house Dad built for them and eat the food they grow in the vegetable patches. They know the trees and the rocks and the lake and stars like best friends. They read the books they buy in town again and again until the pages are soft and yellow - until next year's town visit. They live in the woods and they are wild. 

And that's the way it is.

Until the year October turns 11. That's the year October rescues a baby owl. It's the year Dad falls out of the biggest tree in their woods. The year the woman who calls herself October's mother comes back. The year everything changes.

Written in Katya Balen's heart-stoppingly beautiful style, this book is a feast for the senses, filled with the woodsmoke smell of crisp autumn mornings and the sound of wellies squelching in river mud. And, as October fights to find the space to be wild in the whirling chaos of the world beyond the woods, it is also a feast for the soul.

©2020 Katya Balen (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

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Not for me

This book annoyed me in two ways.
Firstly the style of writing is so contrived and deliberate it’s like having an English lesson. It does not feel like the natural rambling story of someone who loves nature.
Secondly there are too many factual mistakes.

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Wild and wonderful!

Compelling, mesmerising. The author wound me into the wild woods and into the heart and head of October. An unforgettable story, beautifully written.

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Full of magic

A really beautiful story dripping with magic, wonder and realness. A perfect story for all ages.

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Favourite book

This has to be one of my favourite books, a calming listen and an interesting and cleverly written book all round. It was a heartwarming story, thank you for performing it!

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Lovely story

Enjoyable easy listen, yes predictable but wrote well from the child’s perspective.
Narration excellent and detailed description.

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Liked the story but the narrator not as much

Sweet story about an 11 year old and how suddenly her life changes. I think that I would like the book more if I read it instead of listening, the narrator was a bit "flat" and she didn't manage to get me into the story as much.

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Beautiful

A beautiful descriptive story through the eyes of a child. I highly recommend you listen.

This book made me cry alot (which isnt hard). It was full of raw emotion and really struck a chord in me.

Katya does a wonderful job at describing every detail of the world, stories, emotions. Everything.

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Beautiful book

Easy to listen to. Beautiful October October. For anyone any age can listen. Lovely.