Half a Creature from the Sea
Written by David Almond
Illustrated by Eleanor Taylor
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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 age stories on the theme of closeness to home, deftly interwoven with illuminating autobiographical pieces on the inspirations behind the fiction. It is a beautifully produced jacketed hardback edition with black and white vignette illustrations.
David Almond says of this unique collection, “Stories on the page are so beautifully neat. All that lovely black print; those lovely straight lines and paragraphs and pages. But stories are living things, creatures that move and grow in the imaginations of writer and reader. They must be solid and touchable, like the land, and must have fluid half-known depths, like the sea. These stories take place in a real world – but in fiction, real worlds merge with dreamed worlds. Real people walk with ghosts and figments. Earthly truth goes hand-in-hand with watery lies.”
Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
- Jake Fletcher, age 13 - 'If you only want a glimpse at Almond’s work, this is the perfect snapshot. An autobiography with a difference...Sparkling in the water, David Almond’s Half a Creature From The Sea is a reflection of the storyteller’s genius.' Read full review >
- Aimee Sweet, age 13 - 'Twisted with emotion, threaded with the smell of the sea, Almond creates both fantasy and reality in this gripping book.' Read full review >
- Emily Kinder, age 13 - 'This powerful set of short stories is typical of David Almond. All set in his childhood village; some are charming, some are dark, all are thought provoking.' Read full review >
- Poppy, age 15 - 'I thought that Half A Creature From The Sea were beautifully written short stories, told by a spell binding author. They where creative and imaginative, easy to picture and very enjoyable.' Read full review >
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Half a Creature from the Sea by David Almond
This is a collection of short stories from master storyteller David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the north-east of England. Stories include: The Missing Link, Joe Quinn's Poltergeist, Harry Miller's Run, Slog's Dad, Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads, Mary Malone, Half a Creature from the Sea, and, When God Came to Kathleen's Garden.
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