Heaven Eyes by David Almond

Heaven Eyes

Written by David Almond

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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 a serious hard nut.

David Almond novels in order of publication: Skellig, Kit’s Wilderness, Heaven Eyes, Counting Stars, Secret Heart, The Fire-Eaters, Clay and most recently Jackdaw Summer.


Heaven Eyes by David Almond

Erin, January and Mouse live in a children's home, Whitegates. They often dream of escape, and frequently journey into the outside world. Running away is something they know all about. But this time January builds a raft, and the three of them head precariously down river. Towards the Black Middens. This time they might never come back.


"David Almond understands the joy and fear of being alive better than most - Heaven Eyes is a mysterious gift of a novel." - THE TIMES

"Both original and unnerving, this really is a fantastic book." - THE BOOKSELLER

"Transfixing - just the novel to usher in the new millennium!" - THE LITERARY REVIEW

"Almond's powerfully original talent has won him the Whitbread and the Carnegie, and really could - or anyway should - win him the Booker." - BOL.COM

"Almond's story is a beautiful, eerie tale in which the living and the dead find comfort in each other... Like Almond's brilliant Skellig, this is a book about love and faith - particularly faith in yourself and others." - THE GUARDIAN

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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224 pages


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Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

1st November 2007




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