The Final Year

The Final Year

Age 9-12, Poetry & Anthologies
Paperback Published on: 07/09/2023
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The Final Year
A beautifully constructed tale about going into Year 6!
This brilliant story told within the style of prose and full of brilliant illustrations by Joe Todd Stanton follows the story of Nate a her embarks into hi... READ MORE
Holly at Maidstone
The Final Year
A year 5/6 must read
As soon as I heard about this I knew it was one I would love – a northern, verse novel following Nate through a difficult final year of primary school. ... READ MORE
Rachael at Altrincham
The Final Year
Such a great book, and such a great combination of great verse and illustrations. It is really moving, and a great collaboration between two wonderful arti... READ MORE
Nora - Trafalgar Square
The Final Year
Both heartbreaking and heartwarming!
A wonderfully written verse novel about the last year of primary school, Nate struggles with anger as well as dealing with family and friendship issues. Th... READ MORE
Denise Gale
The Final Year
Simply gorgeous.
This was a empathetic, compassionate, heartfelt and stunningly illustrated read and one I will be happily recommending to readers young and old. It felt al... READ MORE
Kate at Chichester Waterstones
The Final Year
A Modern Classic
Matt Goodfellow and Joe Todd Stanton's 'The Final Year' is a book with a big, bursting, beating heart. It is forensically observed, depicting the final mon... READ MORE
Ewan Shepherd
The Final Year
Beyond amazing.
It's really a long heartfelt poem, that reaches into the heart. It's quite easy to read, and so easy to access for everyone - and I think it will appeal to... READ MORE
Fleur (Children's bookseller Bath)
The Final Year
Powerful and Moving
Incorporating David Almond’s Skellig, this book is a powerful and moving tribute to this modern children’s classic, and a must read for all children embark... READ MORE
Jen Mackay at Windsor
The Final Year
Simply brilliant
An utterly beautiful book that will resonate with so many young readers. I'm going to be reccomending this to so many people, don't hesitate to check this ... READ MORE
Kathrin Shawcross


See that tall, skinny kid with the ball in his hand sayin see ya later to his mate? That's me: Nathan Wilder. Nate. 10 years old, and a week away from the end of Year 5. Life can be tough in your last year of primary school. Tests to take, preparing for the change to high school. Nate is ready for it all, knowing his best friend PS is at his side - they've been inseparable since Nursery. But when they are put in two different classes and PS finds a new friend in Turner, the school bully, Nate's world turns upside-down. As he struggles to make sense of this and forge new friendships, he's dealt another blow when his youngest brother, Dylan is rushed into hospital. His new teacher, Mr Joshua, sees a spark inside of Nate that's lit by his love of reading and writing and shows him how to use this to process what's going on. But with so much working against him, and anger rising inside him, will this be enough? A powerful and lyrical story about finding your place in the world and the people that matter within it.

  • Publisher: Otter-Barry Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781915659040
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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The Final Year
Thank you to the publishers for this surprise book, it wasn't even on my radar. I am pleased to report it is EXCELLENT in every way. Told in verse, with il... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp
The Final Year
INCREDIBLE!! M.I.M.O!! This has come out of nowhere - a narrative poem, more for ages 10+ (year 6+) than 9+ in my opinion. Adults, read this first before g... READ MORE
The Kids Books Curator
The Final Year
Heart-warming story
Saw a lot of recommendations for this book and decided to have a look. Read the blurb and was persuaded. Didn't take me long to read it and I love the wa... READ MORE
Sue Smith
The Final Year
you’ll need a box of tissues if you read this one
Spoiler Free Review … It’s the last and most important year at primary school for Nate. There’s test to be taken and even worse than that his best fr... READ MORE
Sally Farr