Search Results: "David Almond"


BOOK REVIEW

THE TRUE TALE OF THE MONSTER BILLY DEAN by David Almond
YOUNG ADULT
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 >

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A SONG FOR ELLA GREY by David Almond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Almond brings his hypnotic lyricism to this darkly romantic tale that sings of the madness of youth, the ache of love, and the near-impossibility of grasping death. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
Award-winning British novelist Almond (Kit's Wilderness, 1999; The Fire-Eaters, 2004, etc.) mines the tragic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in this modern-day love story, told in the voice of Claire Wilkinson, a 17-year-old poet. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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TWO PLAYS by David Almond
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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MOUSE BIRD SNAKE WOLF by David Almond
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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THE BOY WHO SWAM WITH PIRANHAS by David Almond
CHILDREN'S
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 >

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HALF A CREATURE FROM THE SEA by David Almond
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"This is powerful, top-notch storytelling from Almond, who seems himself to be the titular 'half a creature from the sea,' in that he, as ever, fluidly blends past and future, the living and the dead, the ordinary and the transcendent. (Fiction/memoir. 13 & up)"
Award-winning British novelist Almond (Kit's Wilderness, 1999; The Fire-Eaters, 2004, etc.) offers readers a glimpse into the workings of his alchemical imagination in this collection of eight otherworldly short stories set in his hometown of Felling-on-Tyne.Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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MY NAME IS MINA by David Almond
CHILDREN'S
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 >