The Boy in the Tower

by Polly Ho-Yen

Reading Age: 9+

Interest level: 9+

by Polly Ho-Yen

'When they first arrived, they came quietly and stealthily as if they tip-toed into the world when we were all looking the other way.'


From the seventeenth floor of the tower block where he lives with his mother, Ade watches as the buildings fall around him. The Bluchers - a strange and terrible kind of plant - are taking over the city, and everyone is being forced to evacuate, but his mother is refusing to leave her room. And so Ade watches alone as the city slowly empties, and the Bluchers creep ever closer.


This book sounds like a straightforward science-fiction tale, in which Day of the Triffids style plants consume buildings and cast out deadly spores. In fact, it reads more like a fable about friendship, loyalty and bravery, beautifully told in the voice of a lonely young boy struggling to make sense of all that is going on around him - from the extraordinary events he sees from his window, to his mother's illness. Taking place in a believable urban, multicultural environment that will be familiar to many young readers, Polly Ho-Yen's debut is an impressively moving and thought-provoking story that will touch children and adults alike.


Publisher: Doubleday

About the author

  • Polly Ho-Yen

    Polly Ho-Yen was born in Northampton and brought up in Buckinghamshire. After working in publishing for several years, she now works as a primary school teacher. Somewhere in between five o'clock in the morning and sitting down in front of a classroom of five-year-olds, Boy in the Tower was written. She lives in South London with her husband and their very vocal cat, Milo.

Average rating: 4/5

What you thought

very good made me cry ;(

Rating: 5 star
24 February 2017

It is awesome ๐Ÿ‘ you must read it it is about a boy that lives in a tower............................

Rating: 5 star
Five star rating
12 plain pond wiveliscombe Somerset
23 February 2017

personally, it was boring

Rating: 2 star
21 January 2017

This book is totally amazing, I am reading it at the moment and I love it. It is mysterious and exciting, even if you found out one thing you always need to know more ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜„. It is also very scary and deep (it makes you think a lot)

Rating: 5 star
18 January 2017

This is a really good book once you get into it but it didn't pull me in at first. A little complicated.

Rating: 4 star
17 December 2016

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Average rating: 4/5