Winner of the Carnegie Medal
Michael L. Printz Honor Book
Every time a lad went fowling on the stacs, he came home less of a boy and more of a man. If he went home at all, that is.
Every summer Quill and his friends are put ashore on a remote sea stac to hunt birds. But this summer, no one arrives to take them home. Surely nothing but the end of the world can explain why they’ve been abandoned—cold, starving and clinging to life, in the grip of a murderous ocean. How will they survive such a forsaken place of stone and sea?
This is an extraordinary story of fortitude, endurance, tragedy and survival, set against an unforgettable backdrop of savage beauty.
“Where the World Ends is a beautiful, sorrowful, poignant book with deeply drawn characters, a chilling atmosphere, and waves of emotion. Highly recommended.”—New York Journal of Books
“Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean is an extraordinary story of fortitude, endurance, tragedy and survival, set against an unforgettable backdrop of savage beauty.”—The Midwest Book Review
“McCaughrean’s storytelling is as dramatic and harsh as the island itself . . . a stunning literary achievement.”—BookPage (starred review)
“Based on a true story, Where the World Ends stuns with its dark narrative and haunting visual imagery, exploring what happens when the everyday-ordinary turns disastrously extraordinary. Unforgettable.”—Shelf Awareness
“This is the best book I’ve read this year. Extraordinary.”—Kiran Millwood Hargrave, author of The Mercies
“From tragedy, McCaughrean has created a wonderful love story.”—Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse
“Brilliant, beautiful, as unpredictable as the sea itself.”—Philip Reeve, author of Mortal Engines
“An epic, nearly mythic tale. McCaughrean takes the bones of a real event, wraps it in immersive, imaginative detail and thoroughly real emotion, and creates an unforgettable tale of human survival. A masterpiece.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“McCaughrean slips into the cracks of the human soul, dissecting with compassion the many paths that a person might take. Though this story is desperately sad at times, it glistens, too, propelled by the notion that where there is life, there is always, always hope.”—Booklist (starred review)
Reviews from Goodreads
His mother gave him a new pair of socks, a puffin to eat on the voyage and a kiss on the cheek. “God will keep you safe, Quilliam, but he’ll not keep you clean. You must do that for yourself.” Happily, she did not...