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Nightwanderers by C. J. Flood


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One of our YA Books of the Year 2016.

June 2016 NewGen Book of the Month.

From the Branford Boase award-winning author of Infinite Sky comes this smartly-plotted page-turner about intense friendship and discovering unexpected strengths.

Shy Rosie had “never had a true friend” until Titania - Ti - comes along. “Big-boned and fearless-looking”, Ti is everything Rosie isn’t. But they’re both outcasts and become kindred sprits, at their happiest when night wandering through their coastal town. Its one of these wanders that leads them to trouble when Ti is caught in a teacher’s garden (after having done a poo in it). With Ti kicked out of school, Rosie is befriended by cool Kiaru and Alisha. Feeling betrayed by Rosie, Ti and her twin sister Ophelia spiral out of control, leaving Rosie wracked by guilt that she wasn’t there when her best friend needed her most.

As well as exploring the extremes of friendship with remarkable emotional depth, this novel is brilliant on both the social politics of secondary school and family dynamics. I was utterly charmed by Rosie’s little brother, Joey, whose capacity to love and support his big sister, and his relationship with Ti are heart-meltingly sweet. This is a moving, uplifting, read-in-one sitting treat. ~ Joanne Owen

Reader Reviews

Teens & YA's love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our older Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Rebekah Marsh - 'Night Wanderers is an endearing young adult novel showing the progression of the two girls friendship and how they deal with sudden tragedies.'
  • Ella O'Gorman - 'A heartfelt, emotional story about the intense friendship between two young girls. I loved Night Wanderers and you should too!.
  • Rachel Ilsley - 'I would definitely recommend this book...I really like the author’s style of writing and I think the idea/plot of this book is amazing.'
  • Francesca Hughes - 'A compelling novel about friendship, sisterhood, secrets and the importance of being true to yourself. A must read!'
  • Celeste Phelan - 'A spectacular book  about the beauty of friendship but with twists around every corner...inspirational and moving.'
  • Anastasia Abdian - 'Nightwanderers is a great book that kept me gripped all the way. It is beautifully written and described and is in general an amazing book which I recommend to anyone who likes mystery and adventure.'
  • Poppy Stephens - 'Hugely enjoyable. Very moving, brought me to tears at one point. Night Wanderers is a great read!'
  • Cesca Anderson - 'Nightwanderers is an almost magical page-turner about mystery, loyalty and trust...a funny, meaningful and at times, easily relatable story of insecurity, friendship and hope.'
  • John Richmond - 'The language and subject matter are suitable for children no younger than thirteen.'
  • Humaira Kauser - 'A fun and interesting read!'
  • Amber - 'C.J Flood has managed to create a book that captures the teenage life exceptionally; with relationships, cringing moments, troubles with friends, and family.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'Great book! Loved it!'
  • Sayna Ahluwalia - 'Dealing with subtle emotions, this poignant book takes you through a roller coaster of emotions- while one page makes you laugh uncontrollably the other fills you with anxiety and fear.'

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Nightwanderers by C. J. Flood

A stunning, sad and darkly funny story about intense female friendship, from award-winning author, C. J. Flood. It all started with a poo in a flowerbed. Rosie and Titania are as close as sisters - closer, in fact. While Rosie is shy, red-faced and passive, Ti is big, tough and daring. They shouldn't be friends, but they are. Creeping out at night, the girls love to secretly wander through their coastal town, exploring empty streets and sharing their frustrations about school and their different, but equally difficult, families. But when Rosie betrays Ti, the two girls run in different directions - making decisions that could do irreparable damage to both of their lives. As Rosie confronts harsh truths, she must find a way back to Ti, and to herself. Whenever I heard the word kindred, I thought of me and Ti.


'The dynamics and intensity of all-consuming teenage friendships are explored with great skill in a powerful and emotional contemporary drama' The Bookseller

About the Author

C. J. Flood

C. J. Flood was born in Derby. She studied English Literature at Falmouth College of Art, and graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia where she won the Curtis Brown Award. Her debut novel, Infinite Sky, won the 2014 Branford Boase Award, and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. Nightwanderers is her second novel. Chelsey lives in Bristol where she lectures in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University.

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Publication date

2nd June 2016


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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd


320 pages


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