Running Wild



“Running Wild” is a thrilling jungle adventure of young Will, who, after a tragic loss, finds friendship and courage in an Indonesian jungle with an elephant, Oona. A masterful tale of resilience and the power of connection, this heartwarming story is a testament to the enduring human spirit.

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Number of pages: 352

Published: 29 February 2024

SKU: 9780008638580 Categories: ,


Dive into the lush pages of “Running Wild,” a masterfully crafted jungle adventure that captures the essence of resilience, friendship, and the indomitable spirit of youth. This heartwarming tale, penned by a renowned storyteller, takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the verdant wilderness of Indonesia, seen through the eyes of young Will, a boy grappling with the loss of his father in Iraq and the upheaval of his world.

The adventure begins with what promises to be a healing trip to Indonesia for Will and his mum, seeking solace in new surroundings. However, fate takes a dramatic turn when Oona, the elephant Will rides along the beach, is startled and dashes into the dense jungle, with Will clinging on. Isolated from the world he knows, with his mother’s fate uncertain and his own survival in jeopardy, Will finds himself ensnared in the wild’s embrace.

But “Running Wild” is far from a tale of despair. It’s a vivid celebration of the bonds that form in the most unexpected places. Oona, the gentle giant, becomes Will’s protector and friend, guiding him through the challenges of the jungle. With only the bare essentials and Oona by his side, Will discovers inner strengths he never knew he possessed and learns that family can be found in the heart of the wilderness.

The narrative, rich with emotional depth and thrilling escapades, promises to be a journey of healing, discovery, and the power of connection. It’s a novel that, as The Times predicts, will touch your heart from the very beginning. Perfect for young readers and those young at heart, “Running Wild” is more than a story about survival; it’s a testament to the enduring power of love and the resilience of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

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Weight 320 g
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 2.7 cm