The Longest Night of Charlie Noon

Author: Christopher Edge

This is the first of Christopher Edge’s books that I have read – having heard passionate recommendations from many people about his other books I was worried it may not live up to the hype. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed. Even better – there are now three others I can devour and enjoy! Published by Nosy Crow in June 2019, I have no doubt this will be a popular choice this Summer – especially for children aged 8+.

Largely a science fiction adventure, this book has something for everyone; with some exceptional twists along the way! I don’t want to give too much away (and ruin the plot) but there’s some historical references, nods to science, suspense, action, time-travel and something lurking in the woods.

A relatively short read it will appeal to children with a range of interests and those who may be put off by a longer book but has enough going on to captivate and hook avid readers too. The characters are likeable (even the ‘bad’ ones) and their relationships evolve as the story unfolds. There’s some important messages about friendship, home, where we feel we belong and the complexities of time.

This would make a great class read and could be used as a stimulus for some interesting creative writing in school – or simply enjoyed as a bedtime read or shared family story at home.

It’s definitely made me want to go back and read Christopher’s other stories. I only wish I had tried one of them sooner…

Many thanks to Nosy Crow for a copy of this wonderful book in return for an honest review.


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