Across the Risen Sea

Bren MacDibble

Across the Risen Sea
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Across the Risen Sea

Bren MacDibble

‘It’s one of them days when everything is off. A hot sweaty night in Rusty Bus means we kids is all grouchy-tired. Me and my best friend, Jaguar, is trying to cool down by taking turns at dipping in the sea pool. Him standing on the sea wall made from car frames and rocks on lookout for crocs, me swimming, then we’ll swap places. We’s always doing things as a team, him and me. We’s gonna be the best fisher people and the best salvagers on the whole of the inland sea one day.’

Neoma and Jag and their small community are ‘living gentle lives’ on high ground surrounded by the risen sea that has caused widespread devastation. When strangers from the Valley of the Sun arrive unannounced, the friends find themselves drawn into a web of secrecy and lies that endangers the way of life of their entire community.

Soon daring, loyal Neoma must set off on a solo mission across the risen sea, determined to rescue her best friend and find the truth that will save her village.
 Across the Risen Sea is another thrilling adventure for young readers from the bestselling author of How to Bee and The Dog Runner.


Neoma and Jaguar are a team. They always do things together and dream of becoming the best fishing crew and salvagers on the whole of the inland sea. Self-subsisting and largely forgotten by a succession of governments, their small community tries to live peaceful, environmentally gentle lives.

When strangers from the Valley of Sun arrive uninvited and make unwelcome changes, their gentle lives and dreams are threatened. Neoma must set off on a daring solo mission – encountering freak storms, floating cities, pirates, sharks and shark-wrestling crocodiles along the way – to protect the people she loves and their way of life.

From the author of How to Bee and The Dog Runner comes an action-packed adventure in a post-climate crisis world. For readers who might be feeling worried about the future, this adventure with courageous, loyal and resilient characters will help explore human impact on our planet. For ages 9+.

Bianca Looney works as a bookseller at Readings Kids.

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