Books by David Almond

Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Dark, unsettling and fluid as water, Almond's suspenseful tour de force considers the cycle of life, themes of war, God and godlessness, and, as ever, "How all things flow into each other." (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Billy Dean is the forbidden child of a priest and a hairdresser, born in the English village of Blinkbonny on a day of terrible destruction and locked away for all his 13 years. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO SWAM WITH PIRANHAS by David Almond
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A buoyant, delightfully Almond-ine coming-of-age novel about fish, fate and family; moonlight, madness and myth; runts, "Rackanruwin" and, finally, redemption. (Fiction. 8-12)"
In British novelist Almond's latest, the trouble starts when Ernie Potts decides to turn his house on Fish Quay Lane into a loud, stinky fish-canning factory, and his nephew Stan has to quit school to work. Read full book review >
MOUSE BIRD SNAKE WOLF by David Almond
Released: May 1, 2013

"Wild and alive, this visually extravagant fable of the marvel, power and active nature of the creative process howls at the moon. (art not seen in full color) (Graphic novella. 9-12)"
An award-winning British team conjures a haunting graphic novella that shows what happens when the complacent gods stop creating things and children pick up the slack. Read full book review >
MY NAME IS MINA by David Almond
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A fascinating, if breathless ramble through the cosmos. (Fiction. 10-14)"
A blank notebook sings its siren song to 9-year-old wordsmith Mina McKee in this mesmerizing prequel to British author Almond's award-winning Skellig (1998). Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO CLIMBED INTO THE MOON by David Almond
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2010

Roald Dahl meets Antoine de Saint-Exupéry in this delightfully improbable tale in which a previously unimaginative English boy named Paul surprises himself by declaring that the moon's just a hole in the sky. Read full book review >

RAVEN SUMMER by David Almond
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

With a storyteller's flair and a poet's precision, Almond reveals the fierce intensity of childhood, and this rare acknowledgment permeates his latest novel set in England's Northumberland in the time of Bush and Blair. Read full book review >

THE SAVAGE by David Almond
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Fantasy and reality mix in the psychodrama of a fictional feral child who steps out of his story. Read full book review >

MY DAD’S A BIRDMAN by David Almond
ADVENTURE
Released: April 1, 2008

Almond aims at a younger audience than usual, but crafts a tale at least as emotionally complex as any of his heavier outings. Read full book review >

CLICK by David Almond
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

The work and travels of a talented photographer lie at the heart of this far-flung tale. Read full book review >

CLAY by David Almond
FANTASY
Released: July 25, 2006

What if your wish for revenge against a bully could come true? Read full book review >

TWO PLAYS by David Almond
Released: Nov. 8, 2005

In "Wild Girl, Wild Boy," Elaine Grew's father encouraged her to "Crawl deep into the wilderness. Read full book review >

KATE, THE CAT, AND THE MOON by David Almond
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 27, 2005

In a delightful middle-of-the-night flight of freedom, Kate wakes up to a "Meow" and moonlight shining on her face. Read full book review >

THE FIRE-EATERS by David Almond
FICTION
Released: May 11, 2004

It's 1962, a year observed through the eyes of Bobby, a 12-year-old who lives in a shabby seaside village. Read full book review >

SECRET HEART by David Almond
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 8, 2002

From a master of the symbolism of darkness as it stands in opposition to light and hope: the opaque story of an unusual boy named Joe and a cast of eccentric and unsavory characters. Read full book review >

COUNTING STARS by David Almond
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 9, 2002

In 18 short stories, none previously published here, the author of Heaven Eyes (2001) surveys a child's world in which love and pain intertwine. Read full book review >

HEAVEN EYES by David Almond
ADVENTURE
Released: April 10, 2001

Almond's fans will willingly follow him on yet another journey into a surreal, murky world that may be dream or reality. Read full book review >

KIT'S WILDERNESS by David Almond
Released: March 7, 2000

Almond (Skellig, 1999) spins teenagers of very different backgrounds and experience into a whirl of ghosts and dreams, stories-within-stories, joy, heartache, and redemption. Read full book review >

SKELLIG by David Almond
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 13, 1999

Almond pens a powerful, atmospheric story: A pall of anxiety hangs over Michael (and his parents) as his prematurely born baby sister fights for her life. Read full book review >