The Final Year

Cover of The Final Year by Matt Goodfellow

The Final Year

Matt Goodfellow (author), Joe Todd-Stanton (illustrator)
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A powerful and lyrical story about finding your place in the world for 8+

Middle grade readers will find much to relate to in this moving story.


This novel in verse follows 10-year-old Nate as he transitions to high school - a challenging experience that so many young readers will relate to. It's sensitively told, packed with empathy and beautifully illustrated throughout.

~Sarah

Life can be tough in your last year of primary school. Tests to take, preparing for the change to high school. Nate is ready for it all, knowing his best friend PS is at his side - they’ve been inseparable since Nursery.

But when they are put in two different classes and PS finds a new friend in Turner, the school bully, Nate's world turns upside-down. As he struggles to make sense of this and forge new friendships, he’s dealt another blow when his youngest brother, Dylan is rushed into hospital.

His new teacher, Mr Joshua, sees a spark inside of Nate that’s lit by his love of reading and writing and shows him how to use this to process what’s going on. But with so much working against him, and anger rising inside him, will this be enough?

Former primary school teacher Matt Goodfellow is now a full-time poet who visits schools across the country to give high-energy performances and workshops.

Number of pages: 288
Reading age guide: 8 to 12 years
Publication date: 7th September 2023
Publisher: Otter-Barry Books
ISBN: 9781915659040
Format: Paperback

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