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David Almond - Author

About the Author

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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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Other books by David Almond

Brand New Boy

Brand New Boy

Author: David Almond Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2020

A warm and thought-provoking tale from a master storyteller, winner of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and author of the Carnegie Medal-winning Skellig. Mam, did you think George was, I say, a bit ... weird? Weird? Yes, I suppose so. But you kids are all a bit weird if you ask me. And to tell the truth, it'd be weird if you weren't. When a new boy joins the class, everyone thinks he's a bit strange, but he's brilliant at football and loves crisps, and that's all that matters to Dan and Maxie. However, the truth about George is stranger than anyone could have imagined ... and more sinister, too. Can his new pals help him to become truly free?

Annie Lumsden, the Girl from the Sea

Annie Lumsden, the Girl from the Sea

Author: David Almond Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2020

A magical story about finding your identity from one of the most acclaimed storytellers of his generation, richly illustrated in full colour by an internationally renowned artist. My mother says that all things can be turned to tales. I thought she meant tales like fish tails, but I was wrong. She meant tales like this, tales that are stories. But this tale of mine is very like a fish tail too... Annie has never been like the other girls. Her mam tried sending her to school when she was small, but Annie couldn't seem to make words or numbers stick. She prefers instead to be swimming in the sea, or sunbathing on the shore at Stupor Beach, her head full of tales. She should have been a fish, her mam always tells her, and Annie knows the truth of it. Then a stranger who comes to town is struck by the beauty and the wonder of her, and Annie Lumsden realizes that perhaps she really is half a creature from the sea.

Heaven Eyes

Heaven Eyes

Author: David Almond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2020

We come into the world out of the dark. We haven't got a clue where we've come from. We've got no idea where we're going. But while we're here in the world, if we're brave enough, we'll flap our wings and fly. It's easy. Running away from the children's home, Whitegates. Erin and January do it all the time. But this time they're going away downriver on a raft. They have their friend, Mouse, with them. Now they're stranded in the night on the lethal Black Middens. They climb up onto an ancient quay. How could they imagine that they'd discover a girl called Heaven Eyes? Heaven Eyes, a girl who should have drowned at sea, a girl living her with her strange and dangerous Grampa. A girl with a secret history that only Grampa knows, and he isn't telling. A tale of courage and adventure, and of the search for happiness and family. David Almond's own adaptation of his acclaimed novel, shortlisted for The Carnegie Medal, and published in translation around the world.

The Savage

The Savage

Author: David Almond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2020

There was a wild kid living in Burgess Woods. He had no famly and he had no pals and he didn't know where he come from and he couldn't talk. His wepons wer old kitchen nives and forks and an ax. He was savage. He was truly wild. Blue Bake's at home with his mum and his little sister, Jess. He's writing a story. Not all that stuff about wizards and happy ever after - a real story about blood and guts and trouble, because that's what life's really like. At least it is for Blue, since his Dad died, and Hopper the bully started knocking him about. But Blue's story takes on a life of its own, weird and dangerous and wild. The savage that he creates on the page and in his dreams comes to life in the real world, and seems set on bringing chaos and revenge. Can Blue keep his creation under control? Can the savage even bring Blue and his family a kind of peace? David Almond's own adaptation of his acclaimed graphic novel created with Dave McKean and published in translation around the world.

My Dad's A Birdman

My Dad's A Birdman

Author: David Almond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2020

Are me feet off the floor yet? Are me feet off the floor? In a rainy town in the north of England, there are strange goings-on. Dad is building a pair of wings, eating flies, and feathering his nest. Auntie Doreen is getting cross and making dumplings. Mr Poop is parading the streets, shouting louder and louder, and even Mr Mint, the head teacher, is getting in a flap. And watching it all is Lizzie, missing her mam and looking after her dad and thinking how beautiful the birds are. What's behind it all? It's the Great Human Bird Competition, of course. Who will be the first to fly across the River Tyne? David Almond's barmy, tender and funny tale about wings and faith, written for the Young Vic to accompany their production of Skellig. It has since been performed many times around the world, and also adapted by Almond into a much-loved, much-translated novel, with illustrations by Polly Dunbar.

Skellig

Skellig

Author: David Almond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/06/2020

Man, bird or angel? Who, or what, is Skellig? Michael was looking forward to moving house. It was all going to be wonderful. But now his baby sister's ill, his parents are frantic, and Doctor Death has come to call. Michael feels helpless. Then he steps into the crumbling garage. What is this thing beneath the spider webs and dead flies? A human being, or a strange kind of beast never seen before? The only person Michael can confide in is Mina. Together they carry the creature into the light, and Michael's world changes for ever. David Almond's own adaptation of his renowned novel, winner of The Carnegie Medal, The Whitbread Children's Book Award, and a string of prizes around the world. A timeless classic, published in over 40 languages, it touches the minds, hearts and souls of people of all ages. The story has become a movie, an opera, a radio play and this stage play, first produced at the Young Vic, and directed by Trevor Nunn.

Joe Quinn's Poltergeist

Joe Quinn's Poltergeist

Author: David Almond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/02/2020

A beautifully imagined story for fans of Neil Gaiman, by the dream team of bestselling author, David Almond and award-winning artist, Dave McKean. Joe Quinn tells everyone about the poltergeist in his house, but no one believes him. No one that is, except for Davie. He's felt the inexplicable presence in the rooms, he's seen random objects fly through the air. And there's something else ... a memory of his beloved sister, and a feeling deep down that somehow it might be possible for ghosts to exist.

War is Over

War is Over

Author: David Almond Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

From the bestselling, award-winning author of SKELLIG comes a vivid and moving story, beautifully illustrated, which commemorates the hundred-year anniversary of the end of the First World War. I am just a child, says John. How can I be at war? It's 1918, and war is everywhere. John's dad is fighting in the trenches far away in France. His mum works in the munitions factory just along the road. His teacher says that John is fighting, too, that he is at war with enemy children in Germany. One day, in the wild woods outside town, John has an impossible moment: a meeting with a German boy named Jan. John catches a glimpse of a better world, in which children like Jan and himself can come together, and scatter the seeds of peace. Gorgeously illustrated by David Litchfield, this is a book to treasure.

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