The trip of a lifetime - that’s what it was supposed to be, paid for with money Gran left thirteen-year old Sam in her will, but when the small plane taking Sam and his Dad back to the airport crashes in the jungle, Sam is left alone and terrified.
As time passes with no sign of rescue, Sam grows weaker and has to dig deep to find levels of resolve and resourcefulness he never knew he had in order to survive.
Desperate and close to giving up, Sam’s spirits are lifted by the arrival of an otter cub whose companionship and loyalty give Sam the strength he needs to keep going. But when disaster strikes, Sam has to make the hardest decision of his life. Can Sam save his friend and make it out of the jungle alive?
D. J. Brazier has spent half his life abroad, first as the child with parents in the Royal Air Force, and subsequently as a young man, moving to the Middle East in his twenties and spending two decades there, in locations as diverse and fascinating as Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Oman. Now David lives aboard a houseboat named Galaxy, after his otter character. Whilst not a Bear Grylls survivalist himself, David prides himself on having sailed across the Channel and is a keen solo scuba diver.
Abi Elphinstone, author of The Dreamsnatcher and The Shadow Keeper
Alone makes you think, makes you feel, and is a thoroughly gripping and enjoyable read.
An enthralling read of adventure, survival and hope…. Vividly evocative details ensure that this book will be hugely enjoyed.
Exhilaratingly, addictively readable…the perfect book to offer to reluctant fiction readers
The School Librarian
Completely engrossing… D.J. Brazier has written with such raw passion, such gruesomeness, such a sense of grit and determination that Alone stands out as one of the most visual books for young teens this year.
A very powerful and graphic adventure story which at times had me holding my breath fearing what would come next. I couldn’t put it down and I’m now firmly in love with Galaxy the Otter.
Annie Everall, Authors Aloud
Alone contains enough graphic-survival scenes to simultaneously repulse and delight the young reader. Creepy-crawlies, wild beasts, maddening heat, grime and gore…it’s got it all.
An exciting, action-packed and intense book that grabbed me from the start and made me want to read on and on!
Brazier has created a jungle that feels like it’s alive and breathing on the page… An irresistible story
Reading to Life blog
Alone is a brilliant survival novel. I tore through it at a rate of knots and when I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it. It’s like Lost for teens.
Girl vs Books blog