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David Almond is the acclaimed author of many award-winning novels for children such as Skellig, Kit's Wilderness and My Name Is Mina, and has collaborated with artists Polly Dunbar, Dave McKean and Oliver Jeffers on fiction for younger readers. David's books sell all over the world, and in 2011 he was the recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in Hexham, Northumberland.

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Julia Eccleshare on David Almond:

One of the best-loved and finest writers of today, David Almond made an immediate impact with Skellig, his first book. The moving story of a boy’s discovery of a strange creature in the shed which can be interpreted in many ways introduced some to the recurrent themes of David Almond’s writing. Infused with a touch of magic or the supernatural or ‘belief’, David Almond writes sensitively about the inner complexities of growing up. Much influenced by the landscape of Tyneside where he was brought up and still lives, David Almond’s books have a strong sense of place especially in titles such as Heaven’s Eyes, The Fire-Eater and Kit’s Wilderness. Although often clearly set in some particular time, there is a timeless quality to David Almond’s stories which give them enduring appeal.

If you like David Almond you might also like to read books by Frank Cottrell Boyce, Louis Sachar and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

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The Tale of Angelino Brown
David Almond - illustrated by Alex T. Smith
May 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month May 2017 Award-winning David Almond's new story for younger reader is a delightfully lightly told, warm-hearted story perfect for all those who are willing believe in...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/05/2017
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Harry Miller's Run
David Almond - illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award Award-winning David Almond tells a lively story which captures the exuberance of a trio of lads and one girl who set off one hot summer morning to run from their homes in Newcastle...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2016
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Counting Stars
David Almond
In a nutshell: finely told stories of family, joy, love | David Almond is one of our very finest, and in some ways most daring authors for young people, and the stories in this collection, beautifully told and quite profound, are...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2016
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Reader ReviewedHalf a Creature from the Sea
David Almond - illustrated by Eleanor Taylor
An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England. It features coming of age stories on the theme of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/04/2016
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Harry Miller's Run
David Almond - illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, November 2015 Award-winning David Almond tells a lively story which captures the exuberance of a trio of lads and one girl who set off one...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/11/2015
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A Song for Ella Grey
David Almond
Winner of the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize -Winner of the 2015 Peters Book of the Year 'Teen Fiction' Award Award-winning David Almond is at his lyrical best in this eloquent, tender and ultimately devastating contemporary teenage love story...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/06/2015
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My Dad's a Birdman
David Almond - illustrated by Polly Dunbar
Join a father and daughter as they find their wings together and take to the skies in this funny, tender tale from the master of contemporary storytelling.
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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A Song for Ella Grey
David Almond
Winner of the 2015 Guardian Children's Book prize - One of our Books of the Year 2014 and Winner of the 2015 Peters Book of the Year 'Teen Fiction' Award Award-winning David Almond is at his lyrical best in this...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/03/2015
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Reader ReviewedHalf a Creature from the Sea
David Almond - illustrated by Eleanor Taylor
September 2014 Book of the Month An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England. It features coming of...
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Format: Hardback | Released 04/09/2014
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The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon
David Almond - illustrated by Polly Dunbar
With his typical brilliance, award-winning David Almond weaves magic and reality together in this touching and inventive story about how Paul, a lonely boy living in a basement flat in a huge tower block, plans his great adventure. Paul believes...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/04/2014
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Mouse Bird Snake Wolf
David Almond - illustrated by Dave McKean
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 Award-winning David Almond is at his most lyrical and imaginative in this story of how three children fill up the gaps the gods have left when creating their world. First they create a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/01/2014
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Skellig
David Almond
Special hardback gift edition celebrating 15 years of Skellig - one of the best-known, most-awarded debut children's novels of the past 20 years. This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in something extra special and why it...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/09/2013
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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
David Almond - illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2014 - Shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize & Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 - Best Story Award-winning David Almond tells a deliciously funny and refreshingly original story of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/09/2013
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Mouse Bird Snake Wolf
David Almond - illustrated by Dave McKean
May 2013 Book of the Month Award-winning David Almond is at his most lyrical and imaginative in this story of how three children fill up the gaps the gods have left when creating their world. First they create a mouse, a...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/05/2013
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Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads
David Almond - illustrated by Vladimir Stankovic
June 2014 Book of the Month - Interest Age Teen Reading Age 7+ Award-winning David Almond briefly tells a story which packs a big punch. Locally, known as the Bad Lads the boys from Felling are not really...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2013
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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
David Almond - illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
Shortlisted for the 2013 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize & Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2013 - Best Story Award-winning David Almond tells a deliciously funny and refreshingly original story of Stanley, a boy who takes off on...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2012
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Slog's Dad
David Almond - illustrated by Dave McKean
Shortlisted for the 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal. The Judges said: The different illustrative styles expand the text and the book's message; they amplify the emotions, producing a powerful impact on the reader. McKean uses different media so skilfully, and in...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/02/2012
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The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean
David Almond
Award-winning David Almond breaks new boundaries in his storytelling of this remarkable tale. Billy Dean is an innocent child surrounded by decay and threatened with an undefined violence. In his unique voice, he tells his own story of survival, and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2011
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My Name is Mina
David Almond
Shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal. The Judges said: A wonderful celebration of words, language and creativity which completely nails the voice of Mina, its central character, and demonstrates a true stream of consciousness. Mina has much to teach us...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2011
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Slog's Dad
David Almond - illustrated by Dave McKean
Award-winning author/ illustrator team David Almond and Dave McKean have followed up The Savage with an equally stunning new book told partly as a graphic novel and partly as a story. Full of the kind of mystery David Almond created...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2010
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My Name is Mina
David Almond
One of the 8 titles longlisted for the Guardian Children's Book Prize 2011. Shortlisted for the prestigious Sheffield Children's Book Award 2011. Mina was Michael's thoughtful, resourceful and spiky neighbour in David Almond's prizewinning Skellig. This is the story...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/09/2010
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The Boy who climbed into the moon
David Almond - illustrated by Polly Dunbar
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/04/2010
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The Savage
David Almond
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Visually stunning, this is also a spellbinding read, as the story a young boy writes develops a life of its own and begins to play a powerful role on reality. Encouraged to write...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2009
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Jackdaw Summer
David Almond
In his exceptional, delicate writing, prize-winning author David Almond weaves together many strands which together give an intimate insight into the thinking of two boys growing up in his familiar Northumberland countryside. Against a background of fighter planes swooping overhead,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2009
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Skellig - TV tie in edition
David Almond
This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in something extra special and why it may make a difference. It's full of happiness and sadness but ultimately it's incredibly fulfilling. 'Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange life-affirming...
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Format: Paperback | Released 19/03/2009
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Jackdaw Summer
David Almond
In his exceptional, delicate writing, prize-winning author David Almond weaves together many strands which together give an intimate insight into the thinking of two boys growing up in his familiar Northumberland countryside. Against a background of fighter planes swooping overhead,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/11/2008
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The Savage
David Almond
Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2009. Visually stunning this is also a spellbinding read, as the story a young boy writes develops a life of its own and begins to play a powerful role on reality. Encouraged to write...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/04/2008
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Kit's Wilderness
David Almond
An absolutely delightful read. Full of originality and lyrical writing that will take your breath away, and a brilliant evocation of time and place. Almost faultless. Kit's Wilderness won the Smarties Award Silver Medal, was highly commended for the Carnegie...
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Format: Paperback | Released 17/01/2008
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Secret Heart
David Almond
Wonderfully magical and yet totally believable, Secret Heart will take you on an emotional journey that is both gripping and very enjoyable. David Almond novels in order of publication: Skellig, Kit's Wilderness, Heaven Eyes, Counting Stars,
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Format: Paperback | Released 20/11/2007
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Counting Stars
David Almond
In a nutshell: finely told stories of family, joy, love | David Almond is one of our very finest, and in some ways most daring authors for young people, and the stories in this collection, beautifully told and quite profound, are...
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Format: Paperback | Released 20/11/2007
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Heaven Eyes
David Almond
Heaven Eyes is yet another outstanding novel from an outstanding author. The characters are beautifully drawn. Full of passion, at times very sad but always pulling you to turn the page, it will bring tears to your eyes unless you're...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2007
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Skellig
David Almond
A favourite of Michael Rosen: "Brings magical realism to working-class North-east England." This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in something extra special and why it may make a difference. It's full of happiness and sadness but...
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Format: Paperback | Released 19/04/2007
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Clay
David Almond
Clay is a gripping, powerful, moving and unusual story which works on every level. It is beautifully and plainly yet lyrically written, and comes straight from the heart of a multi-award winning novelist. Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book...
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Format: Paperback (b Format) | Released 01/06/2006
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Kate, the Cat and the Moon
David Almond
A magical, dreamy night-time adventure for a little girl and the cat she befriends in the moonlight. Together they take off into the sky, exploring the world of dreams, all of which is revealed in a wonderful, open-out double page...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/09/2005
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The Fire Eaters
David Almond
Fire-eaters is a compelling and utterly absorbing read that will remind you of elements of Lord of the Flies - human cruelty and its exploitation. As the story unfolds it will really pull at the strings. David Almond novels...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/04/2004
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