The Lost Soul Atlas

by Zana Fraillon & Samuel Perrett

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Interest age: 10+
Independent reading age: 10+

The Lost Soul Atlas


For as long as Twig can remember, it's been him and Da - family over everything. So When Twig finds himself alone on the streets, he feels totally lost. That is until ht meets Flea, a cheerful pickpocket, who feels like the best friend he's ever had.

But then Twig wakes up in the Afterlife with just a handful of memories from Earth and one big question... how did he get here?

With only a raven, a key and a mysterious atlas to guide him, Twig must complete a challenging journey if he has any hope of seeing Da and Flea again. But the path through this shadowy world has danger lurking at every turn - is he destined to be torn apart from them for ever?

The Lost Soul Atlas


ISBN: 978-1510106826
Publication date: 23rd July 2020
Publisher: Orion
Format: Paperback
Book Length: 346 pages
Chapters: 61
Genres: Adventure, Family & Relationships

The Reader Teacher



Twig wakes up in the afterlife not knowing how or why he arrived there. He has some vague memories lingering in the back of his mind of his Da, who he's never been without but that's all they are: hazy and lost. In the afterlife, he meets a raven who is larger than life who is supposed to be his guide. But this all goes awry when Twig wanders off the path he is supposed to be following.

After an encounter with a Gatherer who gives him a map that goes by the name of The Lost Soul Atlas and a skeleton key and a bag of bones that is to help him open Crossings and navigate between the physical world and the afterlife, Twig ends up on an epic journey that tests him and which shines a light on topics of today such as street children, homelessness, global poverty and hunger. Something of which Zana does so powerfully and so vividly. It reminds me of Trash meeting The Afterwards.





curriculum links

PSHE: Homelessness
PSHE: Family & Relationships
Geography: Global poverty





Sensitivity is needed when reading this book as Twig finds himself dead and entering an afterlife. There is an underlying message about children in need who fall through the cracks in society running throughout the book with indirect mentions of poverty and homelessness.

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Zana Fraillon

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