The Savage by David Almond
  

The Savage

Written by David Almond

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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 about the difficult things in his life, Blue Baker creates The Savage who has the power to step out from the pages and save him from his demons.

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Prize winning novelist David Almond has a rare ability to seamlessly blend magic and reality in stories. Teamed up with illustrator Dave McKean, the two have created a powerful, moving and original story told in words and pictures. Asked to write a story, Blue writes about the harsh realities of his own life including facing up to the Hopper, the town bully and coming to terms with his own grief. Emotionally raw, The Savage will touch a deep emotional chord with all readers. To view other titles by David Almond click here.

What the Kate Greenaway Award judges said:

'McKean’s illustrations add immensely to David Almond’s prose, reflecting its quality via a subdued colour palette and a variety of styles and framing. The cover image is particularly powerful, and the whole an utterly contemporary but timeless book you can’t ignore.'

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award rewards the best in contemporary children's and young adult literature from all over the world. David Almond has been shortlisted for the award, the winner of which will be announced in March 2010.

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Synopsis

The Savage by David Almond

After his dad's death, Blue Baker finds comfort in dreaming of a wild kid who survives on a diet of berries and the occasional hapless passerby. But when the savage pays a night-time visit to the local bully, boundaries become blurred and Blue begins to wonder where he ends and the savage begins.

Reviews

This book grabs the reader from the first page. * Scotland on Sunday * Remarkable story. * The Times * This is an extremely touching and cleverly conceived story within a story of how wounds can gradually heal and sadness fade: it is excellently served by its design, layout and high production values. * The Irish Times *

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

Paperback
80 pages

Author

David Almond
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Author's Website

www.davidalmond.com/

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Publisher

Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

7th September 2009

ISBN

9781406319859

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