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Joe Quinn's Poltergeist

Written by David Almond

Illustrated by Dave McKean

Joe Quinn's Poltergeist Synopsis

A dark, powerful and moving short story from the internationally acclaimed author of Skellig. Joe Quinn tells everyone about the poltergeist in his house, but no one believes him. No one that is, except for Davey. He's felt the inexplicable presence in the rooms, he's seen random objects fly through the air. And there's something else ... a memory of his beloved sister, and a feeling deep down that somehow it might be possible for ghosts to exist.

Joe Quinn's Poltergeist Press Reviews

This dark and moving book is a must-read for young teens in need of a powerful, coming-of-age tale. As you'd expect, it's told and drawn with mesmering, jaw-drops-to-the-floor style. * BookTrust * David Almond is nothing short of a genius, particularly when he's writing about the mysteries of early adolescence... The result is a tale that is moving and profound... Almond's hypnotic writing is matched by Dave McKean's wild and dark visual story-telling. A perfect, atmospheric synthesis. * The Herald * ...a wonderfully immersive tale, told with David Almond's trademark melancholy grit and wit. * Financial Times * DAVID ALMOND'S brilliant books explore powerful emotions of grief and hope, the balance between the ordinary and extraordinary, reality and the supernatural. In this stunning graphic story, created with longtime collaborator Dave McKean, he draws on the death of his own baby sister, Barbara, when Almond was just seven... Set against the backdrop of Almond's beloved Tyneside terraced streets, with troubled priests, footballing youths and broken families, the thought-provoking tale is brought vividly to life by McKean's powerful illustrations. * Sally Morris, The Daily Mail * Each page is a work of art...Combining the demotic and the lyrical, Almond continues to mine the language and circumstances of his own youth, and to reveal the weighty emotional and spiritual moments of young lives. * Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week * In the arresting style of their earlier collaborations, McLean's visuals give life to the dark, otherworldly soul of Almond's short story. * The Bookseller, Children's March Previews * Strangeness also saturates David Almond's graphic-novel collaboration with Dave McKean Blurring the boundaries between text and image, child and adult, life and afterlife, Almond and McKean create a sense of the meeting point between the human and sublime. * The Guardian *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406363197
Publication date: 7th March 2019
Author: David Almond
Illustrator: Dave McKean
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 80 pages

About David Almond

David Almond is the acclaimed author of Skellig, winner of the Whitbread Children's Award and the Carnegie Medal; Kit's Wilderness, winner of the Smarties Award Silver Medal, Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Guardian Award; and The Fire-Eaters, winner of the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Gold Award and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He has also collaborated with Polly Dunbar on the highly acclaimed My Dad's a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon. David lives in Hexham, Northumberland with his wife and daughter. Dave McKean is a world-renowned artist, designer ...

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