Soonchild

Written by Russell Hoban

Illustrated by Alexis Deacon

Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 13+ readers

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Shortlisted for the 2012 Guardian children's fiction prize. 

Award winning Russell Hoban has written a lyrical story of magic and wonder that begs to be read and re-read as the mysterious story unravels. Deep, deep in the heart of the frozen north a shaman and his wife are expecting their first baby. But Soonchild doesn’t want to come out. It lies like a stone in its mother's belly; it never kicks or moves and yet the mother knows that it is alive. Finally, the baby speaks…Can its Shaman father do what is necessary to unlock the singing of the world and so encourage the baby to be born? Alexis Deacon captures the frozen world and the magic and mystery that lie at the heart of it.

Soonchild Synopsis

Somewhere in the Arctic Circle, Sixteen-Face John, a shaman, learns that his first child, a soonchild, cannot hear the World Songs from her mother's womb. The World Songs are what inspire all newborns to come out into the world, and John must find them for her. But how? The answer takes him through many lifetimes and many shape-shifts, as well as encounters with beasts, demons and a mysterious benevolent owl spirit, Ukpika, who is linked to John's past...

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'Hoban is the best sort of genius.' Patrick Ness in The Guardian

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ISBN: 9781406329919
Publication date: 01/03/2012
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406329919
Publication date: 1st March 2012
Author: Russell Hoban
Illustrator: Alexis Deacon
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 144 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Russell Hoban

As a child Russell Hoban was born in Pennsylvania, USA. His parents were Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine; his father was the advertising manager of a Jewish newspaper as well as a dram guild director. Russell was thus exposed to the arts early on, and became interested in writing at an early age, winning prizes for his stories and poems during his school years. As an adult Russell served in the US Infantry during WWII. For a time he taught art in New York and Connecticut. He then worked as a freelance illustrator and an advertising copywriter. He began publishing ...

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