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Kit's Wilderness

Written by David Almond

Kit's Wilderness Synopsis

Kit has just moved to Stoneygate with his family, to live with his ageing grandfather who is gradually succumbing to Alzheimer's Disease. Stoneygate is an insular place, scarred by its mining history - by the danger and death it has brought them. Where the coal mine used to be there is now a wilderness. Here Kit meets Askew, a surly and threatening figure who masterminds the game called Death, a frightening ritual of hypnotism; and makes friends with Allie, the clever school troublemaker. As Kit struggles to adjust to his new life and the gradual failing of his beloved grandfather, these two friendships pull him towards a terrifying resolution. Haunted by ghosts of the past, Kit must confront death and - ultimately - life.

Kit's Wilderness Press Reviews

David Almond is a writer of subtle, page-turning and daring exactness, and he applies the same potent poetic and emphatic skills in his equally moving new novel. * TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT * You can feel the chill from the ghosts that haunt its pages. An essential read from an original voice in children's books. * THE DAILY TELEGRAPH * Almond's masterpiece: Kit's Wilderness is one of those rare works that changes how we see the world * The Guardian * Could a children's book win the Booker? The best writing is the kind that defies categories, and Almond's Kit's Wilderness makes the grade. * THE TIMES * Dark and gripping. * The Times * Gripping, convincing and effortlessly well-written * The Observer Review * Almond's magic is subtle, breath-taking, redemptive. * The Times * This superb piece of lyrically-written literary fiction captivates teenagers and their parents alike. * The Guardian * A moving rites-of-passage novel. * The Guardian Weekly * A haunting read for thoughtful readers. * The Daily Telegraph * An essential read from an original voice. * The Daily Telegraph * Very touching. * The Daily Telegraph * The book treats all the great universal themes of literature - love, loss, redemption, mortality - with elegant, tender simplicity, and it is bound to touch any reader of whatever age. -- Raymond Seitz * The Daily Telegraph * Has the same mesmerising quality of writing and a hauntingly intense plot. * The Sunday Times * Sensitive and absorbing. * The Observer * Extremely good. Written with an acute sense of place plus a touch of the supernatural. * The Independent * A writer of subtle, page-turning and daring exactness. * The Times Educational Supplement * An enthralling, multi-layered and complex story with a tension that builds and grips the reader. A wonder ful read. * The Bookseller * Magic of a very different kind -- Erica Wagner * The Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340727164
Publication date: 20th May 1999
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 pages

About David Almond

David Almond is twice winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award. His first novel, SKELLIG, won the Whitbread Children's Award and the Carnegie Medal. His second, KIT'S WILDERNESS, won the Smarties Award Silver Medal, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Guardian Award. THE FIRE-EATERS won the Whitbread, the Smarties Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. David is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative children's authors writing today, and his books are bestsellers all over the world. He lives with his family in Northumberland.

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