UK cover of Floodland, showing a girl in rags looking across the sea to an island.


“This compelling first novel is…excellent, really accomplished.”
Starred Choice – The Children’s Bookseller

“A dazzling debut from a new writer of exceptional talent, Floodland and its powerful narrative will keep children riveted.”
Starred Choice – Publishing News



From left to right are the UK, US, Danish, French and Israeli covers.

Product Description

Winner of the Branford Boase Award 2001, Marcus Sedgwick’s powerful debut novel about surviving in a sinking world marks the beginning of the author’s multi-award-winning career.

Imagine that a few years from now England is covered by water, and Norwich is an island.

Zoe, left behind in the confusion when her parents escaped, survives there as best she can. Alone and desperate among marauding gangs, she manages to dig a derelict boat out of the mud and gets away to Eels Island. But Eels Island, whose raggle-taggle inhabitants are dominated by the strange boy Dooby, is full of danger too.

The belief that she will one day find her parents spurs Zoe on to a dramatic escape in a story of courage and determination that is handled with warmth and humanity.

If you’re a teacher, there is an amazing, free teaching resource for Floodland made by CLPE and available for download here.

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