Jackdaw Summer by David Almond

Jackdaw Summer

Written by David Almond

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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, the boys follow the jackdaw to the unexpected find of an abandoned baby. How they interpret the jackdaw, their reactions to finding the baby and their interactions with each other make a moving and thoughtful story told with exceptional elegance.

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.


Jackdaw Summer by David Almond

From the winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award" and the Carnegie Medal" comes an extraordinary new novel ... One hot summer's day a jackdaw leads two boys into an ancient farmhouse. Every summer Liam and Max roam the wild countryside of Northumberland - but this year things are different. Liam and Max are no longer children. On the day they follow the jackdaw, things will change forever. In the farmhouse they find a baby, wrapped in a blanket. Liam takes the baby home and his life is never the same. It's time for him to grow up...


'Almond manages to make a work of art out of the simplest words' The Times

'David Almond is a very fine writer. One of the finest we have' Michael Morpurgo

'There really is no one quite like Almond writing in children's or adult's fiction today' The Times

'It's an extraordinary profound book, no matter how old the reader' Whitbread on Skellig

'funny, mysterious, moving, frightening, and so deftly constructed as to be fiercely compelling... not beneath the attention of adult readers' The Sunday Times on Clay

'Great literature. Beyond classification' 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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240 pages


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Hachette Children's Books

Publication date

7th May 2009




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