Counting Stars by David Almond
  

Counting Stars

Written by David Almond

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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 typical of his work. They are firmly rooted in the North-East, and in his own childhood. His voice is distinctive, and so too is his extraordinary ability to weave together dreams, myth and faith in stories that are so closely inspired by his own experiences. Among those experiences are the deaths of his sister, father and his mother, yet even so this remains a joyful and a life-affirming collection. It’s a book to read and read again and, as the years pass, each new reading will reveal more truths. ~ Andrea Reece

This new edition of a much-loved book includes a number of previously unpublished stories, and an afterword that explains and explores the roots of Almond's work.

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Counting Stars by David Almond

These beautifully-written stories grow out of David Almond's childhood in the streets and fields of Tyneside. They're funny and sad, realistic and strange, and are suffused with a profound sense of mystery and wonder. They show that the ordinary world is filled with extraordinary possibilities, that the local really does contain the universal.

In Counting Stars David Almond tackles the themes common to his work - joy, darkness, love, death and identity - with exquisite sensitivity and tenderness. A must-read for Almond fans everywhere.

From the author of the modern children's classic Skellig - winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award.

David Almond won the 2015 Guardian Children's Book Prize with A Song for Ella Grey.

Reviews

Sparely written...this could well be Almond's best work yet. The Independent

He has the rare gift of being tender towards experience without either sentimentalising or indulging it; he knows that raw material must be worked on before it becomes art and he knows how to do it. The Guardian

A moving, perceptive collection that drifts back and forth over the shadowy border between fiction and autobiography, conjuring with brilliant clarity the elusive joys, sorrows and shames of childhood. The Times

Challenging and stunning. The Bookseller

... a haunting and lyrical collection ... intimate and personal ... Full of emotion and sensitivity that are hard to match. The Bookseller

A collection of linked short stories from David Almond, a writer whose work is challenging and stunning. The Bookseller

About the Author

David Almond

David Almond was our Guest Editor in September 2011 CLICK HERE to see his choices.

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.

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Format

Hardback
224 pages

Author

David Almond
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Author's Website

www.davidalmond.com/

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Publisher

Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

1st September 2016

ISBN

9781444934243

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