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The Fire Eaters

Written by David Almond

Featured Books for 11+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks

LoveReading View on The Fire Eaters

Fire-eaters is a compelling and utterly absorbing read that will remind you of elements of Lord of the Flies - human cruelty and its exploitation.  As the story unfolds it will really pull at the strings.

 

David Almond novels in order of publication: SkelligKit’s Wilderness, Heaven Eyes, Counting Stars, Secret Heart, The Fire-Eaters, Clay and most recently Jackdaw Summer.

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The Fire Eaters Synopsis

It's Autumn and the winds of change are blowing for Bobby Burns. His new school is a frightening place, World War III might be imminent, and then there's the strange fire eater - a devil called McNulty.

 

Winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award 2003

The Fire Eaters Press Reviews

"David Almond's The Fire-Eaters is an exceptional novel. Precisely written, it hauntingly evokes the life of a small community at the time of the Cuban Missle Crisis." - Lesley Agnew, THE BOOKSELLER

"Once in a while a book comes along that takes over your head and your heart. David Almond's The Fire-Eaters is such a book. Set more than 40 years ago at the time of the Cuban Missle Crisis, it tells of a small seaside community near Newcastle, living in the fear of the third world war. This brief description does not do it justice, as the novel works on numerous levels. It is a detailed portrait of Bobbie Burns - his family, his community, his school - and McNulty, the wild and strange Fire-Eater. The writing is lyrical and atmospheric and establishes a strong sense of place. The novel engages many emotions and lets you, for a while, live with, and know, this sensitively drawn community." - Wendy Cooling, THE BOOKSELLER

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ISBN: 9780340944998
Publication date: 15/04/2004
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Childrens Division
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340944998
Publication date: 15th April 2004
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Childrens Division
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

About 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. Click here to read more information about the author. Julia Eccleshare on David Almond: One of the best-loved and finest writers of ...

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