21 Miles

Nicola Garrard

21 MILES revisits the much-loved protagonist of 29 LOCKS two years after his canal boat adventure as a fifteen-year-old. Older, wiser and more confident, life is going well for the former gang member who’d escaped a brutal life of criminal exploitation.

But when Donny and his best friend Zoe plan a day trip to France ahead of their sixth form exams, Donny loses his passport and is arrested as an ‘illegal’ migrant.

To survive, he must rely on the help of unaccompanied teenage refugees, living rough in the dunes east of Calais. Can Donny use his boat skills to cross the busiest shipping channel in the world and make it home?

A fast-paced, tender and unflinching depiction of teenage friendship and resilience against the odds.

Media Reviews

‘Crafted with care & attention to detail, to encourage tween & teenage readers to think about the human stories behind the refugee headlines…gritty & gripping…beautifully written’ V’sViewfromtheBookshelves

‘A story whose sweeping beam illuminates a major injustices of our times’ Pete Kalu, author of The Silent Striker series

‘One of the best piece of fiction to come out of the refugee crisis’ Anthony McGowan, Carnegie Medal winner

‘A brilliang follow-up to 29 Locks. A true page-turner. A thrilling read for both children and adults’ Juliet West, author of Before the Fall and the Faithful

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