Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot

By Author / Illustrator

Horatio Clare



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Firefly Press Ltd




Paperback / softback




Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2017. Aubrey's father, Jim, has fallen under an horrendous spell, which Aubrey is determined to break. Everyone says his task is impossible, but Aubrey will never give up and never surrender - even if he must fight the unkillable Spirit of Despair itself: the TERRIBLE YOOT!



Aubrey is born with 'the howl of the wolf'. Described by the nurse as 'rambunctious' at birth, he tries to run before he can walk and manages to crash his parent's car into that of his neighbour when he is four. When his father is overcome by despair, Aubrey is determined to rescue him. Helped by the creatures of Rushing Wood, he takes on the Terrible Yoot itself. Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot - which has won the Branford Boase Award for debut writers - is a powerful and unique book. Beautifully written, it explores depression in a way in which children can understand, facing the worst and not shying away from the darkness. Able to speak to animals, Aubrey is helped by a whole cast of wildlife who offer advice and assistance every step of the way. The book is often light hearted and humorous with numerous footnotes to explain and further explore ideas in the story. Illustrated throughout, the black and white pictures add to the magic of the story. A much needed book which will support and encourage discussions around a difficult topic, Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot is a must read for all ages. 208 pages / Ages 7+ / Reviewed by Sue Wilsher, teacher.

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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