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Brand New Boy

Written by David Almond

Illustrated by Marta Altes

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Brand New Boy Review

Featured Books for 9+ readers School Stories Science Fiction

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Award 2022 ages 7-10

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. 

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Brand New Boy Synopsis

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?

Brand New Boy Press Reviews

Like so many of David Almond's books, this ends up being a celebration of humanity and wonder, and of what it feels like to be young. - The Times & The Irish Times

I really liked the plot of this book as I couldn't guess what George's secret was until it was revealed half way through. Then the story gets really exciting as the friends try to save their strange new friend. If you like exciting books that are told by the child themselves, I think you will like this book. -- Ted (Age 9) - Books Up North

David Almond tackles deep philosophical themes with an invisibly light touch in this funny story about George, a new boy at school. - The Daily Mail & The Scottish Daily Mail

Cleverly disguised as a heist, Almond 's moving page-turner ponders nothing less than humanity and free will, and how to have a great time in the woods. - The Observer (The New Review)

Almond takes a thought-provoking look at AI, and what it means to be human, in an illustrated story set in the north-east of England. -- Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9781406358087
Publication date: 05/11/2020
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406358087
Publication date: 5th November 2020
Author: David Almond
Illustrator: Marta Altes
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 9+ readers
Genres: School Stories, Science Fiction

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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