Noah's Gold

Publisher: Macmillan

Eleven-year-old Noah is seemingly allergic to any form of electronic technology. If he touches a phone, he’ll break it – if he’s near a computer, you can bet it’s going to crash. So accidentally breaking the internet while he’s stowed away on his big sister’s field trip was always going to happen – Noah just hadn’t counted on breaking the internet while marooned on a deserted island with five other children and a teacher who has seemingly vanished.

With no way of knowing when, or if, they’ll be rescued, Noah and his sister’s classmates must learn to work together if they’re going to survive. When Noah finds a treasure map, going on a hunt in search of gold seems like a good place to start. But the mysterious island holds all kind of treasure – some of it found in very unexpected places.

Frank Cottrell-Boyce has created a brilliantly sympathetic and funny character in Noah, and his insecurity about being the smallest, the youngest, and the person seemingly responsible for everything going wrong makes him a wonderfully relatable hero.

The chapters are written as letters between Noah and his parents, and the fact that they seem strangely calm – maybe even amused – at Noah’s Lord of the Flies-style situation gives it a real sense of the absurd. There’s also a gentle message about the value we can find in everyday things when we are forced to put our phones and laptops away, and the firm friendships that take hold in times of uncertainty.

Steve Lenton’s charming black-and-white illustrations complement the chapters beautifully, giving the book a real scribbled-treasure-map feel.

More books like this


Author: Eloise Williams

As the week draws on in a bleak Welsh caravan park, 13-year-old Lark feels increasingly anxious and soon senses a presence hiding in the sea fog. This chilling ghost story will have readers gripped from the outset. 

Read more about Seaglass

Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts

Author: Katie and Kevin Tsang Illustrator: Nathan Reed

Sam Wu is scared of many things but is determined not to let anyone find out. However, after an unfortunate incident in a space simulator on a school trip, he becomes a target for class bully Ralph, who nicknames him Scaredy-Cat Sam.

Read more about Sam Wu is Not Afraid of Ghosts

Share this book with your friends

Use our Bookfinder to discover the perfect children's books for every age...