Into the Sideways World

By Ross Welford

The moving, funny, thrilling and adventured-filled new novel for readers of 10 and up from bestselling author Ross Welford.

When twelve-year-olds Willa and Manny hear of a mysterious animal prowling their town, they are determined to prove it is real. Following the creature into a cave one full moon, they are swept into an alternate, ideal, world – one where pollution and conflict have been conquered decades ago and even their own families seem happier.

But when they return, no one believes them. So, with a global war looming in their own world, their quest for proof of the Sideways World becomes ever-more urgent, in a nail-biting race against time.

And Willa and Manny will have to make an impossible decision: because once you find a perfect world, can you ever leave it behind …?

Format: Paperback
Ageband: from 9
Release Date: 20 Jan 2022
Pages: 416
ISBN: 978-0-00-833384-3
Ross Welford was a journalist and television producer before becoming a full-time writer. He lives in London with his wife, children, a border collie and several tropical fish.

”'After discovering an ideal alternate world without pollution and wars, two friends have the difficult task of proving to others that such a place can exist in this gripping middle-grade adventure from the author of The 1,000-year-old Boy” - Waterstones, Books of the Year 2022


”'The gripping suspense truly makes time fly… the book’s heart and humour are hard to resist.” - Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild

”'Extremely clever and totally engaging.” - The Irish Times

”'Intelligent, well crafted and impressive.” - Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

”'Touching, silly and exciting by turns, this thrilling little book is an inventive take on time travel for children. Sure to be a hit with fans of R.J. Palacio's Wonder… an unforgettable, madcap story from a bright new talent in Children’s fiction.” - Waterstones

”'A touching tale of family, grief and love.” - Daily Express

”'With intriguing twists from start to finish, this story is a real roller coaster of emotions. It warmed my heart and filled my head with wonder! A fast, funny and really satisfying read that sparks your imagination.” - Joseph, 10