Nevertell by Katharine Orton

This book review of Nevertell by Katharine Orton was written by Thea Aggett as part of Stockton Children’s Book of the Year Book Review Competition.

‘Lina felt her stomach twist, through she couldn’t tell if it was from fear or excitement. This was actually happening. She was going beyond the wire.’

This enchanting, wintery novel, which is based during World War II, transports you to a whole other world of magic and sorcery (with a great dash of humour).  Two best friends, a vengeful sorceress, a helpful ghost and a plan. When determined, head-strong heroine Lina, and her best friend lazy, loyal and hilarious Bogdan, escape the concentration camp they’ve grown up in, adventure is in store for them. Will they manage to free the rest of the camp? Let me tell you this, you will NOT regret embarking on this extraordinary journey: you will not be able to put it down.

My favourite part has to be the end because it’s wonderfully written; it has a happy end. As well as the mind blowing plot and heart-waring characters, this book will teach you the importance of friendship and how ‘sometimes it takes a little courage to discover magic’. My favouite character must be Bogdan: he doesn’t fail to make me laugh, even through difficult times. The beautiful illustrations match the book entirely and gives me a tingle of magic, who wouldn’t like that! I’m so excited to read Glassheart! There are no words to describe this masterpiece; that’s why it deserves 10/10.

If you loved reading Nevertell, then try Katharine’s latest, Glassheart, available in library branches across Stockton and online via Libby.


Read all of the shortlist for Stockton Children’s Book of the Year 2021:

The Girl Who Stole and Elephant by Nizrana Farook

The Time of Green Magic by Hilary McKay

Nevertell by Katharine Orton

The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates by Jenny Pearson

The Night’s Realm by Nick Ward


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