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Counting Stars

Written by David Almond

Counting Stars Synopsis

In Counting Stars David Almond tackles the themes common to his work - joy, darkness, love, death and identity - with exquisite sensitivity and tenderness. David's childhood in the north of England was the inspiration for much of his work, and in these beautiful stories he creates a tangible picture of growing up in a large Catholic family. But the sense of mystery and wonderment we have come to expect from David is also present, and it is fascinating to see the kernels of his novels revealed. A must-read for Almond fans everywhere. A stunning collection of stories 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.

Counting Stars Press Reviews

A collection of linked short stories from David Almond, a writer whose work is challenging and stunning. * The Bookseller * . . . a haunting and lyrical collection . . . intimate and personal . . . Full of emotion and sensitivity that are hard to match. * The Bookseller * It's a book to read and read again and, as the years pass, each new reading will reveal more truths * Lovereading4kids * Challenging and stunning. * The Bookseller * A moving, perceptive collection that drifts back and forth over the shadowy border between fiction and autobiography, conjuring with brilliant clarity the elusive joys, sorrows and shames of childhood. * The Times * He has the rare gift of being tender towards experience without either sentimentalising or indulging it; he knows that raw material must be worked on before it becomes art and he knows how to do it. * The Guardian * Sparely written...this could well be Almond's best work yet. * The Independent *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340945001
Publication date: 10th April 2008
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 192 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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