No Man’s Land

Book cover featuring two small books lost on a hill. Their shadows behind them are in superhero stance.

‘I could feel it coming. War, I mean. Creeping up on us, into our town, down our street, into our house. Smiling like a friend, like it was Batman come to save us when really it was the Joker all along.’

With far right Albion on the brink of war with Europe, ten-year-old Alan and his little brother Sam are sent away to safety. Dad tells Alan he has to be brave, like the superheroes he loves, but Alan isn’t sure. He wants to be wherever Dad is, and, anyway, can he really be sure who’s a hero and who’s a villain?

A heartwarming, heartbreaking story of love, bravery and finding a new way to live.

  • Nominated for the 2023 Yoto Carnegie Medal
  • Shortlisted for the Little Rebels Award 2022
  • Shortlisted for the Tower Hamlets Book Award 2022
  • An i paper Best Books for Christmas pick
  • Longlisted for the UKLA Award 2023

Easily accessible for even a reluctant reader, while the story grips from the off. (the i)

A timely, moving novel… thought-provoking, utterly gripping and empathy-inspiring… prescient. (LoveReading4Kids)

Joanna Nadin is a phenomenal writer, able to move in a shimmering flicker from the intellectually dazzling to the profoundly moving. No Man’s Land is as wise at it is gripping, with deep and profound resonances. A little masterpiece of emotional storytelling. (Carnegie Medal Winner Anthony McGowan)

Wonderful characters, convincing voice, gripping story – beautifully done. (Julia Green, author of The Children of Swallow Fell)

It’s terrific… well conceived and beautifully written. Real characters in an almost real world. (Fleur Hitchcock, author of Shrunk.)

Every young person should read it. It’s not only a page-turning thriller but a prescient – a necessary – story of our times. (Catherine Bruton, author of Following Frankenstein.)

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