The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean
Written by David Almond
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Award-winning David Almond breaks new boundaries in his storytelling of this remarkable tale. Billy Dean is an innocent child surrounded by decay and threatened with an undefined violence. In his unique voice, he tells his own story of survival, and redemption, which is as much about the power of words, one of Almond’s favourite themes, as it is an unravelling and making sense of the strange, post apocalyptic world in which he lives. As ever with Almond, the result is book with a powerful heartbeat, full of wonder and surprise.
The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean by David Almond
"I wos a secrit shy and tungtied emptyheded thing. I wos tort to read and rite and spell by my tenda littl muther & by Mr McCaufrey the butcha & by Missus Malone and her gosts. So I am not cleva, so please forgiv my folts and my mistayks. I am the won that glares into your harts & that prowls insyde yor deepist dremes. Wonce I was The Anjel Childe. Now I am The Monster. Just read and lissen and take note. Let the words enter yor blud & boans."
Billy Dean is a secret child, growing up in the dark heart of Blinkbonny. He has a beautiful young mother and a father who arrives at night carrying the scent of incense and cigarettes. His world is just a bed, some pictures of the holy island and a single locked door, but his father fills his dreams with mysterious tales and dreadful warnings.
When his father disappears, Billy's mum brings him out into the world, and he learns the dreadful truth of what happened in Blinkbonny on the day he was born. Gradually he finds he has the gift of helping to rebuild what has been broken. But there is one figure who is beyond healing, who comes looking for Billy himself and is determined on a kind of reckoning.
'Truly original' - Philip Pullman, The Guardian
'A master storyteller' - Independent
'... gripping, beautiful and brilliantly written ... Everyone is raving about this unforgettable book' - The Sunday Times
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Puffin Books an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
1st September 2011
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