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Jackdaw Summer

Written by David Almond

Jackdaw Summer Synopsis

Every summer Liam and Max roam the wild countryside of Northumberland - but this year things are different. One hot summer's day a jackdaw leads the two boys into an ancient farm house where they find a baby, wrapped in a blanket, with a scribbled note pinned to it: PLESE LOOK AFTER HER RITE. THIS IS A CHILDE OF GOD. And so begins Jackdaw Summer. A summer when friendships are tested. A summer when lines between good and bad are blurred. A summer that Liam will never forget... A stunning novel from the author of the modern children's classic Skellig - winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. David Almond is also winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen award.

Jackdaw Summer Press Reviews

'exquisite prose which sparkles off the page' * Writeaway * '... exceptional, delicate writing ... make a moving and thoughtful story told with exceptional elegance.' * Julia Eccleshare * Unsettling but, as ever, beautifully written. * Daily Mail * 'Another brilliant novel from a master storyteller.' * Carousel * 'a book of startling quality and tremendous beauty' * The Bookbag * Thought-provoking poetic stuff from the author of Skellig. * The Sunday Times * This is a novel of power and beauty. * The Daily Telegraph * One of the finest writers of children's novels today. Jackdaw Summer is a wonderful piece of writing for children - unsettling yet poetic. Nobody evokes childhood like Almond. * The Guardian * Nobody since William Golding captures so perfectly the savage intensity that underlies the joshing of young teenage males. * The Herald * This gripping new novel by Almond cleverly explores themes of loyalty, savagery, friendship and goodness in an accessible and contemporary way. An expertly written novel that is intensely moving. * School Librarian * Almond's writing is like the perfect outfit - it may look casual, but everything fits just right. * The Sunday Times * Unsettling but, as ever, beautifully written. * Daily Mail * Almond is a master storyteller. there is more than enough in this brooding story to keep readers engrossed right up to its near-cataclysmic ending. * The Independent * This evocative, intelligent and moving novel amounts to an essay about the potential savagery in human nature. Simultaneously poetic and down-to-earth. * The Sunday Times * Another brilliant novel from a master storyteller. * Carousel * A vivid and unnerving portrayal of raw adolescent emotion. As ever, Almond's wiritng is lucid and accessible, and the novel's themes of acceptance and tolerance are complex and challenging. * The Bookseller * An outstanding novel, truly a challenging and thought-provoking read. * Books Quarterly * This gripping novel, beautifully crafted, is David Almond writing at the top of his game. Readers will be thinking and talking about it long after they've finished reading. * Bookfest * A rich and satisfying tale of lives turned and snappy as well as thoughtful. * The Observer * Thought-provoking... poetic. (The Sunday Times' 100 Best Children's Books) * The Sunday Times *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340881996
Publication date: 7th May 2009
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 the author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, Counting Stars, The Savage, Island, A Song for Ella Grey, The Colour of the Sun and many other novels, stories, picture books, opera librettos, songs and plays. His work is translated into 40 languages, and is widely adapted for stage and screen. His major awards include the Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, the Michael L Printz Award (USA), Le Prix Sorcieres (France) and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. In 2010 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world's most prestigious prize for children's authors. David speaks ...

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