Wonderfully magical and yet totally believable, Secret Heart will take you on an emotional journey that is both gripping and very enjoyable.
Joe Maloney is out of place in this world: his mind is always somewhere else - on the weird creatures he sees around him and whispers he hears on the air. But into his world comes the circus, and Corinna, and a tiger. And indeed, Joe's dreams are already stalked by a tiger, so real that his skin and its pelt begin to feel as one.
"As readers will expect from David Almond, there's a sense of inhabiting a strange, vivid world that exists alongside the familiar, and an evocation of wonder in everyday things as well as in the extraordinary. This is a powerful addition to his highly distinctive works." - TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT
"This gripping book will enrich your soul and fire your imagination." - THE DAILY TELEGRAPH
"his best book yet... As we have come to expect of Almond's writing, the book has a dreamlike resonance. It is a story about love, persecution, freedom and the conflict between man and beast, perceived here as a battle between machismo and a female animalism" - LITERARY REVIEW
"A life-changing story of hope, love and encouragement for a boy who's been all but written off." - SUNDAY TIMES
"An exhilarating, though not always easy read for anyone who, like Joe has tigers and larks in their hearts." - THE GUARDIAN
|Publication date:||20th November 2007|
|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