Saving Celeste

By Timothée de Fombelle

A dying girl. A sick planet. One last hope to survive.

The world is run by !ndustry and the only thing that matters is to buy, buy, buy. People live in crowded cities where cars are stacked vertically and people traverse through corridors and shopping centres that run miles into the sky. Celeste lives in Tower 330 barely visible in the immense city, shrouded by a fog of fumes. On the day she starts school on the 110th floor of a tower block, she meets a lonely, young boy. The next day she doesn't return. Her blood has become as polluted as the seas and rivers. Her lungs as contaminated as the city. On a mission to save her, the boy battles the forces of !ndustry and, with help of his best friend Briss, takes her far, far away. Will the world realise the truth of Celeste’s disease? Will there be time for her, and the planet, to recover?

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 9+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781406397192
  • Published: 04 Nov 2021
  • Price: £6.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 128

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Customer reviews


'Featured in The Bookseller's November previews.' The Bookseller

'Saving Celeste is moving and powerful story about climate change by one of France’s greatest writers for children, Timothée de Fombelle.' The Irish Independent

'a truly powerful read' Books Up North

'Beautifully written and charmingly simple, Saving Celeste is a hopeful tale about both an individual’s power to change things, and how our collective responsibilities to each other and to the earth are one and the same.' Cheshire Education Library Services blog

'This novella is still remarkably relevant since its 2009 publication, as well as hopeful.' CLPE, "October New Books Roundup"

'This is a wonderful allegorical tale from French author Timothée de Fombelle, with a pacy translation from Sarah Ardizzone.' Outside in World

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