The Wind Singer, Hardback
3 out of 5 (3 ratings)


What's the hook? This gripping novel is packed with interesting things to say about an education system that over-relies on testing! What are the themes? Individual vs society, family, friendships and war. Teaching points? An excellent model for introduction irony and symbolism.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 336 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Pearson Education Limited
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Fantasy
  • ISBN: 9780582796614


Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Showing 1 - 3 of 3 reviews.

Review by

Unlike many young adult dystopian fictions, I find this one most challenging for my own blinkered inability to see the dis in the utopia. The society is built on a meritocracy, with people who work hard, meet targets and perform well in exams being promoted up the colours and into larger houses. When the heroine, Kestrel, rebels and announces 'I won't reach higher! I won't strive harder! I won't make tomorrow better than today!' I have a very instinctive squick against her.Anyway, that is mostly about me and not about the book. The book is a fantasy where Kestrel and her brother Bowman journey out of her city to recover the voice of the wind singer and set her people free to love and be merry. And it is much more of a fantasy / fairy tail / mythical quest than most other young adult dystopias. The Morah and the Zars don't make sense, and there is no attempt to rationalise the mystery of why Kestrel has to do what she does and how it works. But there are some beautiful, poetic insightful bits in this novel. One of the saddest bits for me was the Emperor, who dare not leave his room because he is afraid the chocolate buttens will run out - he does not particularly like them, but the fear of living without them consumes him.

Review by

I quite enjoyed this one. Kestrel and Bowman live in a society where families are constantly tested and ranked according to their results. I liked that the Hath family were against the testing and stood up for their beliefs even during many scary situations. It was fast paced, interesting and fun to read. It got a bit weak for about thirty pages or so but picked back up again towards the end. The ending was nice and I'm interested as to what the sequel will bring.

Review by

This might possibly be the worst thing I've ever read. The names? And the stupid words? And the writing? I quite liked the prologue. It seemed a nice idea: a building built to sing with the wind. But then what the fuck happens? It's like a 5 year old started writing it after that. There's never any need to write a children's book like this, never. It is so detrimental to all who will read it.

Also in the New Longman Literature 11-14 series   |  View all