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Book Club Kit: War of the Wind by Victoria Williamson


Book Club Kit War of the Wind by Victoria Williamson


Book Club Kit: War of the Wind by Victoria Williamson

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About the book

Publisher: Neem Tree Press

Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery

Number of pages: 250

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1915584612
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1915584618

Published: September 2023

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Book Cover War of the Wind by Victoria Williamson

Book synopsis for War of the Wind by Victoria Williamson

On a remote Scottish island, fourteen-year-old Max’s life changes forever when he loses his hearing in a boating accident. Struggling to make sense of his new life and finding it hard to adapt in school, he begins to notice other — even stranger — changes taking place when a new wind farm appears off the island’s coast.

With the help of three school friends with additional support needs, Max discovers that a sinister scientist, Doctor Ashwood, is using wind turbines to experiment on the islanders. They must find a way to shut down the government’s secret test before it spins out of control…

About the Author

Victoria Williamson, Author of  War of the Wind

Victoria Williamson is an award-winning author who grew up in Scotland surrounded by hills, books, and an historical farm estate which inspired many of her early adventure stories and spooky tales. After studying Physics at the University of Glasgow, she set out on her own real-life adventures, which included teaching maths and science in Cameroon, training teachers in Malawi, teaching English in China and working with children with additional support needs in the UK. Victoria currently works part time writing KS2 books for the education company Twinkl and spends the rest of her time writing novels, and visiting schools, libraries and literary festivals to give author talks and run creative writing workshops.

Victoria’s previous novels include The Fox Girl and the White Gazelle, The Boy with the Butterfly Mind, Hag Storm, and War of the Wind. She has won the Bolton Children’s Fiction Award 2020/2021, The YA-aldi Glasgow Secondary School Libraries Book Award 2023, and has been shortlisted for the Week Junior Book Awards 2023, The Leeds Book Awards 2023, the Red Book Award 2023, the James Reckitt Hull Book Awards 2021, The Trinity School Book Awards 2021, and longlisted for the ABA South Coast Book Awards 2023, the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2020, and the Branford Boase Award 2019.

Her latest novel, The Pawnshop of Stolen Dreams, is a middle grade fantasy inspired by classic folklore. Twenty percent of the author royalties for this book are donated to CharChar Literacy, an organisation working to improve children’s literacy levels in Malawi.

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Author Interviews

"War of the Wind was actually my mother’s idea. I was having dinner with her one night, when she said out of the blue, “Oh, I came up with an idea for a book for you today – it’s about wind turbines sending out secret signals, and it’s called War of the Wind.” She hadn’t developed the idea any further than that, but I loved the concept, and it planted the seed grew into the final novel." - Read the full interview at Neem Tree Press

"I think characters need to be flawed, as that’s the only way to make them realistic." - Read the full interview at Valinora Troy

"Before I became an author, I worked with children with additional support needs, and I think it’s really important that all children get the opportunity to see characters like themselves taking centre stage in the action of a story." - Read the full interview at Parrot Street Book Club

Book Reviews

"There was just so much I enjoyed about War of the Wind: The diverse characters, the suspense, the depth, the complexity, the emotions. - Read the full review at The Artsy Reader" Read the full review at The Artsy Reader

"Overall, War of the Wind was an enjoyable read. It had some wonderful characters and representation in it. There were a few plot points that didn’t sit well with me, but overall I liked it." Read the full review at Books Are 42 

"I would recommend this book to anyone interested in a brilliant teen thriller with some dark twists. I’m not sure if it should be called an eco thriller, it’s more of a creepy thriller with a bit of a dystopian twist, but it’s definitely a brilliant thriller nonetheless and also a great story with a main protagonist and other characters who are disabled, which is not only relatively uncommon in teen books, but also shown in a positive way which is good." Read the full review at The Strawberry Post



  • Winner of the YA-ldi Glasgow Secondary School Libraries’ Book Award 2023
  • Shortlisted for The Week Junior Children’s Book of the Year (Older Fiction) Award 2023
  • Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Awards 2023
  • Longlisted for the RED Book Awards 2023
  • Longlisted for the South Coast Schools ABA Book Awards 2023
  • BookTrust Book of the Month for February 2022
  • A Financial Times Best YA Books of the Year 2022
  • The Scottish Book Trust Book of the Month for November 2022

  • Discussion Questions

    The island doesn't have internet before the wind turbines. If you lived somewhere without internet how would your life be different? 

    As a society do you feel we've become too obsessed with our phones/technology?

    Communication is a strong theme of the book. How do you feel each character could have been a more effective communicator? 

    Has the development of the internet and social media caused a change in the way we communicate?

    Disability representation is a strong element in this book. Do you think this is something that is included enough in literature? Why do you think representation is important?

    How much do you trust media coverage of events? 

    Quotes from War of the Wind by Victoria Williamson

    How could she know what it was like to delete an entire digital music collection because looking at the names of the favourite bands I couldn’t listen to anymore sent me into a tailspin of grief?

    I clambered out of my bedroom window carefully, gazing down the hill at the new turbines outlined against the dark sky. From here they looked like giant skeletons with three outstretched hands , ready to come striding up the beach towards me. I shuddered, dropping from the sill and sliding down onto the porch roof.

    I felt Erin’s fingers clutch at my wrist, and I didn’t need to look round to know she was just as worried as me. As we stared down at the group at the bottom of the stairs, I wished for the billionth time I hadn’t gone and got my ears panned in. I could really do with hearing what they were saying right now.

    He was ready for his soundwave test, but I wasn’t sure if I was. My head felt like it had been shattered into a thousand pieces.


    Book Club Kit War of the Wind by Victoria Williamson