Books by David Almond

THE TIGHTROPE WALKERS by David Almond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 24, 2015

"The award-winning Almond poetically plumbs the depths of his 1950s and '60s childhood to explore themes of violence, war, God, creativity, beauty, death, art, the soul, our animal selves, whether we ever grow up or can really know each other…in short, life. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Dominic Hall is "a caulker's son, a tank cleaner's grandson" in the river town of Tyneside in northern England…but the boy dreams of writing. Read full book review >
THE TRUE TALE OF THE MONSTER BILLY DEAN 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

"Dunbar's abundant full-color illustrations perfectly capture the beautiful barminess of it all. (Fable. 8-11)"
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

"The baby's happy coos, even as Iraq-bound planes fly overhead, ground this hypnotic, sensuous foray into the nature of war, truth, art and the savagery of humanity. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
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

"The art ramps up the intensity of this provocative outing. (Fantasy. 11 & up)"
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

"Readers will definitely come away with mixed feelings—not necessarily a bad thing, to be sure. (Fiction. 10-12)"
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

"While some readers may find the narrative jumps too challenging, those who follow the multi-strand plot will be rewarded with a thought-provoking and thoroughly engaging read. (brief author biographies, notes on Amnesty International) (Fiction. 12-15)"
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

"A memorable tale that raises provocative questions. (Fiction. 12+)"
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

"Teachers will see an opportunity here for performance, but reading the real thing aloud would be a richer experience. (Fiction. 8-12)"
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

"One hopes that Almond will do more picture books with less grounded illustrations that let his odd spiritual tone show through; this one, meanwhile, is a lovely and safe adventure. (Picture book. 3-6)"
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

"Breathtakingly and memorably up to Almond's best. (Fiction. 10-14)"
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

"Beautifully written, this nonetheless is a largely metaphysical tale of stalker versus prey (real and surreal, animal and human), featuring mainly symbolic characters with whom readers may not connect and about whom they may not care. (Fiction. 12-15)"
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

"Some of his experiences are shocking, some uplifting, obliquely amusing, even magical; this is not light or easy reading, but few who tackle it will come away unmoved. (Short stories. YA)"
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

"Not as elaborately layered as Kit's Wilderness (2000), the winner of the 2001 Printz Award, but brilliant in its technical control of setting, theme, and plot. (Fiction. 10-14)"
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

"Askew is a compelling, almost shamanistic figure (not another Skellig, but close), and both in tone and locale this powerful story is reminiscent of Alan Garner's Stone Book quartet. (Fiction. 12-14)"
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

"As in Berlie Doherty's Snake-Stone (1996) or many of Janet Taylor Lisle's novels, the marvelous and the everyday mix in haunting, memorable ways. (Fiction. 11-13)"
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 >