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by | Aug 6, 2020

Book of the Month: The Island That Didn’t Exist

The Island That Didn’t Exist, by Joe Wilson
Age 9+

Set out on an island adventure where you’ll meet wild children, uncover scientific secrets, and join a battle to protect the future of the planet! This classic adventure story with a modern twist is a contemporary Lord of the Flies meets The Famous Five – making it the perfect summer escape for adventurous middle-grade readers.

In his first novel, Joe Wilson uses his experience of telling exciting stories, full of twists and turns, from his job as a BBC Sports news correspondent, to bring young explorers a page-turning adventure that also touches on society’s most current, pressing themes.

Win a copy of The Island That Didn’t Exist!

To celebrate the publication of The Island That Didn’t Exist, we’ve got three copies to give away! Check out Joe’s ‘Design an island’ Author Challenge below, and then tell us the name of your child’s dream island on our Facebook page for your chance to win.

Video: Author Challenge |The Island That Didn’t Exist | Joe Wilson

Join sports reporter Joe Wilson as he reads from his debut novel and asks you to design your own mysterious island!

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UK residents only. Entry closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 30th August 2020. Terms and Conditions apply (PDF).


About the book

The Island That Didn’t Exist

Joe Wilson
Suitable for Age 9+

When twelve-year-old Rixon’s great-uncle leaves him an island in his will, Rixon can’t quite believe it. Things get even more confusing when the mysterious island can only be located on a very ancient map, and only then by using a big magnifying glass. Does the island actually exist? And if so, does it really belong to him? There’s only one thing for it. Rixon is going to have to go there and find it for himself.

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About the author

Joe Wilson is a Sports Correspondent for BBC News and has spent over 20 years in various forms of journalism. He lives in eastern England with his wife and two children, where he is part-owned by a half-poodle. The Island That Didn’t Exist is his first book.