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Secret Heart

Written by David Almond

Secret Heart Synopsis

Joe lives with his mother in Helmouth, a forgotten village crumbling on the edge of the suburbs. His days are spent trying to evade the demands of school and the taunts of the local bullies. Joe's friend, Stanny, insists that Joe must toughen up, become a survivor - and he is adamant that a weekend in the wilderness with Stanny and his Uncle Joff will do the trick. Into Joe's unhappy world comes Hackenschmidt's Circus, and with it the strangely familiar Corinna. She tells Joe, 'In the circus there is a secret heart ' - a place of contained wildness where the barriers between the human and animal world are fluid. And indeed, Joe's dreams are already stalked by a tiger, so real that his skin and its pelt begin to feel as one... 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.

Secret Heart Press Reviews

A life-changing story of hope, love and encouragement for a boy who's been all but written off. * The Sunday Times * 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 * An exhilarating, though not always easy read for anyone who, like Joe has tigers and larks in their hearts. * Guardian * This gripping book will enrich your soul and fire your imagination. * Daily Telegraph * 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. * TES * This gripping book will enrich your soul and fire your imagination. * The Daily Telegraph * A subtle, sophisticated book. Almond's speciality is an enchanting blend of the magical and the real. * The Times * A lyrical and haunting story. * The Daily Telegraph * A life-changing story of hope, love and encouragement for a boy who's been all but written off. * The Sunday Times * Mysterious and enigmatic. * The Bookseller * David Almond's books are strange, unsettling, wild things...like all great literature, beyond classification. An exhilarating, though not always easy read for anyone who, like Joe, has tigers and larks in their heart. * The Guardian * A powerful story of love, persecution and freedom, it is his best novel to date (and that's saying something). * The Scotsman * There is a mystical quality about David Almond's writing that makes him quite unlike any other author * Financial Times * A sooty darkness permeates the writing, illuminated by sudden bursts of sunlight and the music of skylarks. * The Daily Telegraph *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340944981
Publication date: 20th November 2007
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 208 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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