Lost on Gibbon Island

Jess Butterworth / Children's

Oxfordshire Book Awards' Best Junior Book.

Book cover

UK Publisher

Hachette Children's

Date Published

April 13th, 2023

The Last Bear meets The Life of Pi in this beautifully-written survival story set on a Cambodian island, following a ship-wrecked girl named Lark, and a baby gibbon who becomes her companion. Together, they must evade poachers and find their way home.

‘If you’re reading this, hopefully you’ve come to rescue me. My name is Lark Taylor, and I’ve been shipwrecked on an island. The last mainland I was on was Cambodia, miles and miles away from home…’

When Lark’s mum takes her family with her on a research trip to Cambodia, Lark never expects that she’ll end up stranded on a deserted island, with no one but a baby gibbon for company. But that’s exactly what happens.

Lost and with no idea how to survive in the jungle, Lark must learn the ways of the wild from the gibbon.

And in return, try to help the gibbon find her way home …

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