Guest Editor - David Almond Guest Editor - David Almond

David Almond, bestselling author of Skellig, winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children’s Book Award, is our Guest Editor for September. Find out more about him and his books including two new ones out this month as well as books that have influenced him in his life to date…

Featured Books

My Name is Mina
David Almond
Shortlisted for the 2012 Carnegie Medal. The Judges said: A wonderful celebration of words, language and creativity which completely nails the voice of Mina, its central character, and demonstrates a true stream of consciousness. Mina has much to teach us...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2011
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The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean
David Almond
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...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2011
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The Boy who climbed into the moon
David Almond - illustrated by Polly Dunbar
Author of the classic Skellig, and winner of the incredibly prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award, David Almond is a wholly original writer of magical and unusual stories that make anything and everything seem possible. Packed full of wonder and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 05/04/2010
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Skellig - TV tie in edition
David Almond
This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in something extra special and why it may make a difference. It's full of happiness and sadness but ultimately it's incredibly fulfilling. 'Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange life-affirming...
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Format: Paperback | Released 19/03/2009
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Skellig
David Almond
A favourite of Michael Rosen: "Brings magical realism to working-class North-east England." This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in something extra special and why it may make a difference. It's full of happiness and sadness but...
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Format: Paperback | Released 19/04/2007
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The Savage
David Almond
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...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/09/2009
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Slog's Dad
David Almond - illustrated by Dave McKean
Award-winning author/ illustrator team David Almond and Dave McKean have followed up The Savage with an equally stunning new book told partly as a graphic novel and partly as a story. Full of the kind of mystery David Almond created...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2010
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Jackdaw Summer
David Almond
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,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2009
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Flat Stanley Bumper Collection
Jeff Brown
September 2011 Guest Editor David Almond: "I was at university by the time I came across my youngest sister's copy of this book. I loved it straight from the first sentence. It was perfectly believable that Stanley Lambchop woke up...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2008
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The Day of the Triffids
John Wyndham
September 2011 Guest Editor David Almond: "I read this time and time again. It led me on to Wyndham's other fine works, like The Midwich Cuckoos and The Chrysalids, the first time I really began to explore an author's whole...
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Format: Paperback | Released 17/12/2009
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Charlotte's Web (Puffin Modern Classics)
E B White
David Almond, September 2011 Guest Editor, on Charlotte's Web: "It's the story of a girl, a pig and a spider. It takes place on a barn, a farm, and a country fair. It shows the gorgeousness of life, the imminence...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2010
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The Famous Five: Five go to Smuggler's Top
Enid Blyton
A choice of David Almond, September 2011 Guest Editor, and Ali Sparkes, November 2009 Guest Editor. David Almond: "Anyone of my age is pretty sure to have read Enid Blyton, just as they probably read the Dandy and the Beano and Superman and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 19/03/1997
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King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
Roger Lancelyn Green - illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley
September 2011 Guest Editor David Almond: "I still remember the moment I pulled this book from my Christmas stocking. I was seduced straight away by Lotte Reiniger's wonderful austere illustrations, by Green's magical prose, and by Arthur himself, an ordinary-seeming...
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Format: Hardback | Released 21/10/1993
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MULTI-AWARD WINNER

David Almond

Guest Editor this month is the imaginative and brilliant David Almond who last year was the winner of the Hans Christian Andersen Award for outstanding contribution to children’s literature. Growing up in a large family where story-telling was the norm together with his work as a teacher in his earlier life gave him invaluable experience and meant that with his first children’s book, Skellig, he rocketed to success and critical acclaim.

Since then his sensitive, timeless stories about faith and the complexities of childhood have become firm favourites of young readers up and down the country. David always knew he wanted to be a writer and his biggest dream was to see his name on the books in his local library, which he loved visiting.

He lives in Northumberland with his family, not a million miles away from his Tyneside upbringing.

In David Almond's latest book available in hardback and ebook, The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, Billy is forced to grow up rapidly when his father goes missing and his mother brings him into the outside world, revealing what has been hidden from him all his life - what he truly is. This thrilling novel is perfect for teenagers and adults will devour it too. On the longlist for the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Award, My Name is Mina is also published this month in paperback and ebook and is a brilliantly quirky and original read for 9+ year olds.

We are delighted that David has taken the time to hang out with us this month and share some of the tales and books that have influenced him. One of them, The Third Eye by T. Lobsang Rampa, is sadly now out of print but hopefully you may be able to find a copy secondhand. Lobsang's account of his life as a Tibetan Monk was famously discovered to be a hoax but for David this is an example of a great story: "..he was really Cyril Hopkins, a plumber’s son from Devon. Did I care? Did I heck! Aren’t books the perfect place to explore barmy alternatives to normality? Aren’t writers supposed to be liars and romancers? The book is written with real conviction, and it was perfect for a kid on Tyneside wondering what life’s all about."

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