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Publisher Comments:

The Printz Award–winning classic gets a new look.

The Watson family moves to Stoneygate, an old coal-mining town, to care for Kit’s recently widowed grandfather. When Kit meets John Askew, another boy whose family has both worked and died in the mines, Askew invites Kit to join him in playing a game called Death. As Kit’s grandfather tells him stories of the mine’s past and the history of the Watson family, Askew takes Kit into the mines, where the boys look to find the childhood ghosts of their long-gone ancestors. Written in haunting, lyrical prose, Kit’s Wilderness examines the bonds of family from one generation to the next, and explores how meaning and beauty can be revealed from the depths of darkness.

A Michael L. Printz Award Winner

An ALA Notable Book

A Publishers Weekly Best Book

Synopsis:

I grew up in a big extended Catholic family in the north of England]. I listened to the stories and songs at family parties. I listened to the gossip that filled Dragone's coffee shop.

I ran with my friends through the open spaces and

Synopsis:

Thirteen-year-old Kit goes to live with his grandfather in the decaying coal mining town of Stoneygate, England, and finds both the old man and the town haunted by ghosts of the past.

About the Author

“I grew up in a big extended Catholic family [in the north of England]. I listened to the stories and songs at family parties. I listened to the gossip that filled Dragone’s coffee shop.

I ran with my friends through the open spaces and the narrow lanes. We scared each other with ghost stories told in fragile tents on dark nights. We promised never-ending friendship and whispered of the amazing journeys we’d take together.

I sat with my grandfather in his allotment, held tiny Easter chicks in my hands while he smoked his pipe and the factory sirens wailed and larks yelled high above. I trembled at the images presented to us in church, at the awful threats and glorious promises made by black-clad priests with Irish voices. I scribbled stories and stitched them into little books. I disliked school and loved the library, a little square building in which I dreamed that books with my name on them would stand one day on the shelves.

Skellig, my first children’s novel, came out of the blue, as if it had been waiting a long time to be told. It seemed to write itself. It took six months, was rapidly taken by Hodder Children’s Books and has changed my life. By the time Skellig came out, I’d written my next children’s novel, Kit’s Wilderness. These books are suffused with the landscape and spirit of my own childhood. By looking back into the past, by re-imagining it and blending it with what I see around me now, I found a way to move forward and to become something that I am intensely happy to be: a writer for children.”

David Almond is the winner of the 2001 Michael L. Printz Award for Kit’s Wilderness, which has also been named best book of the year by School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly. He has been called "the foremost practitioner in children's literature of magical realism." (Booklist) His first book for young readers, Skellig, is a Printz Honor winner. David Almond lives with his family in Newcastle, England.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385729895
Publisher:
Laurel-Leaf Books
Subject:
Social Situations - Friendship
Author:
Almond, David
Author:
David Almond
Subject:
Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Grandfathers
Subject:
Old age
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction-Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction-Social Situations - Friendship
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction-Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Family - Multigenerational
Subject:
Juvenile Fiction : Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Coal mines and mining
Subject:
Ghost stories
Subject:
England
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Family
Subject:
Social Issues - Friendship
Subject:
Ghosts
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction
Subject:
Children s-Michael L. Printz Award Winners
Subject:
Children s-Reference Family and Genealogy
Subject:
Children s-Scary Stories
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Friendship
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
American
Publication Date:
20010911
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
256

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"Synopsis" by , I grew up in a big extended Catholic family in the north of England]. I listened to the stories and songs at family parties. I listened to the gossip that filled Dragone's coffee shop.

I ran with my friends through the open spaces and

"Synopsis" by , Thirteen-year-old Kit goes to live with his grandfather in the decaying coal mining town of Stoneygate, England, and finds both the old man and the town haunted by ghosts of the past.
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