Orphans of the Tide

Orphans of the Tide

Children's, New & Recommended, Age 9-12
Paperback Published on: 20/02/2020
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Orphans of the Tide
Gorgeously Gothic
Orphans of the Tide is set on the last city on Earth - everywhere has been drowned by the Enemy, and for years The City has been terrified of the Enemy ret... READ MORE
Gavin Hetherington
Orphans of the Tide
An original, exciting take on good vs evil
I was blown away by this read, as it deftly dealt with lots of complex emotions while never letting the pace of the story slow down. Ellie is a fantastic h... READ MORE
Cat at York
Orphans of the Tide
A vividly told masterpiece
This is not just a standard fantasy adventure, though it has plenty of action there's also a lot more emotional depth. It deals with themes of grief, guil... READ MORE
Orphans of the Tide
Read This Book!
This is a fast paced, intelligently written fantasy adventure for 9-12 readers. I was hooked from the incredible opening of the story in which a young boy ... READ MORE
Jo at Greenwich
Orphans of the Tide
Gripping adventure!
I just loved discovering the City and its beliefs and myths. Ellie, Seth and Anna are such endearing and brave characters. It’s a brilliant adventure for... READ MORE
Margaux at York


The City was built on a sharp mountain that jutted improbably from the sea, and the sea kept trying to claim it back. That grey morning, once the tide had retreated, a whale was found on a rooftop. When a mysterious boy washes in with the tide, the citizens believe he's the Enemy - the god who drowned the world - come again to cause untold chaos. Only Ellie, a fearless young inventor living in a workshop crammed with curiosities, believes he's innocent. But the Enemy can take possession of any human body and the ruthless Inquisition are determined to destroy it forever. To save the boy, Ellie must prove who he really is - even if that means revealing her own dangerous secret...

  • Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
  • ISBN: 9780241384435
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 281g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm

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Orphans of the Tide
Pullman-esque with its world building... Struan is a literary genius.
Set in a half-submerged city that’s Pullman-esque with its hauntingly ethereal world-building, Struan is a literary genius. A cinematic adventure told like... READ MORE
Scott Evans (The Reader Teacher/MrEPrimary)
Orphans of the Tide
His Dark Materials meets Earthsea. I loved, loved, loved it!
Wow! There has been a lot of hype and praise heaped upon this book, but never has it been so deserving. From its opening, jaw-dropping beginning to its exh... READ MORE
Chris Soul UK
Orphans of the Tide
My 12 year old son loved this
It’s lovely to receive a recommendation from your son who doesn’t actually love reading. But he loved this, and now I have to read it too!
Lucy Pratt
Orphans of the Tide
Primary Book Club Choice for March 2020
So this was picked to be the Primary Book Club choice for March 2020 on twitter this weekend. as it was already in my pile to read I got straight to it. No... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
Orphans of the Tide
Adventure and a fantastic world
I really enjoyed this and read it in just a few sittings. Normally when I preread books for my kids, I stop about a third or even halfway through because I... READ MORE
clare golding
Orphans of the Tide
Orphans of the Tide is a wonderful adventure story full of twists and turns. It gripped me from the opening chapter, where a whale is stranded at The City'... READ MORE
Orphans of the Tide
amazing book
absolutely amazing read! completely and utterly loved this book and highly recommend to anyone above the age of 10.
Juliette Dalitz
Orphans of the Tide
Whatever you think you know, there's always another surprise!
I'd been recommended this book so many times, by so many different people and just not got around to reading it. They all made it sound so good that I bega... READ MORE
Caitlyn Gilbert
Orphans of the Tide
A tense and twisting dark fantasy
I’d heard a lot about how great this was but knew very little about the story itself, but you can’t fail to be pulled straight in when a book begins with a... READ MORE
Rachael at Altrincham
Orphans of the Tide
I can’t believe this was a debut! The writing is incredible. I really loved this. I read the last 75% in 1 sitting! I had to know what was going to happen ... READ MORE
Belle’s Middle Grade
Orphans of the Tide
Orphans of the Tide tells the story of Ellie. It is a story of friendship, loss, love and bravery. In the quest to save Seth from the Inquisitors (and deat... READ MORE
Maxine Astirbadi