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The Land of Roar

The Land of Roar

Published: 1 Aug 2019

Paperback / softback, 304 pages

Recommended for age 9+

By Jenny McLachlan

Illustrated by Ben Mantle

Published by HarperCollins Publishers

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The first in a new children's fantasy adventure series, full of imagination, humour and heart, and with echoes of Peter Pan, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Neverending Story and Jumanji.

This title features in our The Reading Journey selection.

The The Land of Roar series

The Battle for Roar
Return to Roar
The Land of Roar
In this interview, Jenny McLachlan talks to Nikki Gamble about her fantasy novel, The Land of Roar.

Reviewed by Rebecca Simpson-Hargreaves

The Land of Roar is a journey of adventure, courage and self-belief that will keep all readers hooked!

The Land of Roar is a tale that follows the journey of Arthur and Rose as they enter a land they once helped to create through a fold away bed in their attic. The world of Roar is brought to life by characters such as unicorns, mermaids, a monstrous scarecrow and comedic ninja wizard.

As well a story of heroes and villains, it looks at the changing relationships between siblings that can happen as they get ready to move on to high school. Many children will relate to how Arthur feels when he senses his sister is ready to move on without him. The author carefully guides you through each event, and the excellent illustrations add to the richness of the tale.

The Land of Roar has many applications in the primary classroom. This would be a suitable text to read as a class novel to prepare children for transition at the end of year 6. The illustrated map with all its detail would be a good starting place for a geography-based topic around maps, as well as looking at geographical features found in different parts of the world. Characters feelings and motivations could be discussed in circle times or philosophy for children

I am a lecturer in Primary Education specialising in English at the University of Manchester. Lover of picture books, poetry, non fiction and fantasy. Passionate about using children's literature to develop children's empathy, self-awareness and social justice and human rights.
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