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, the boys follow the jackdaw to the unexpected find of an abandoned baby. How they interpret the jackdaw, their reactions to finding the baby and their interactions with each other make a moving and thoughtful story told with exceptional elegance.
This stunning new novel explores themes of friendship, loyalty, savagery and goodness, in writing which is accessible, contemporary and quite brilliant. It explores what it is to be wild - what it means to grow up. it has elements of Lord of the Flies in it, and is tautly and expertly written.
From the winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award" and the Carnegie Medal" comes an extraordinary new novel ... One hot summer's day a jackdaw leads two boys into an ancient farmhouse. Every summer Liam and Max roam the wild countryside of Northumberland - but this year things are different. Liam and Max are no longer children. On the day they follow the jackdaw, things will change forever. In the farmhouse they find a baby, wrapped in a blanket. Liam takes the baby home and his life is never the same. It's time for him to grow up...
'Almond manages to make a work of art out of the simplest words' The Times
'David Almond is a very fine writer. One of the finest we have' Michael Morpurgo
'There really is no one quite like Almond writing in children's or adult's fiction today' The Times
'It's an extraordinary profound book, no matter how old the reader' Whitbread on Skellig
'funny, mysterious, moving, frightening, and so deftly constructed as to be fiercely compelling... not beneath the attention of adult readers' The Sunday Times on Clay
'Great literature. Beyond classification' Guardian
Publication date: 07/05/2009
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
|Publication date:||6th November 2008|
|Publisher:||Hachette Children's Books|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers|
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 ...More About David Almond