A Los Angeles Times Book Review Best Children's Book of 2002
Synopses & Reviews
David Almonds extraordinary novels have established him as an author of unique insight and skill. These stories encapsulate his endless sense of mystery and wonderment, as they weave a tangible tapestry of growing up in a large, loving family. Here are the kernels of his novels joy and fear, darkness and light, the
healing power of love and imagination in overcoming the wounds of ignorance and prejudice. These stories merge memory and dream, the real and the imagined, in a collection of exquisite tenderness.
"In this evocative collection of autobiographical vignettes, Almond's writing exudes the same haunting mood that characterizes his novels....The montage of scenes 'merge[s] memory and dream, the real and the imagined, truth and lies,' and expresses pearls of wisdom that will remain fixed in readers' imaginations." Publishers Weekly
"These eighteen short stories are beautifully written....For those who can view the stories as a nonlinear patchwork, the structure simply adds to the magical tone that is characteristic of [Almond's] work. The language is beautiful and poetic, yet still accessible for young adults. This memorable book is highly recommended for both teens and adults." VOYA
"Lilting dialect and homespun humor imbue Almond's narrative with a beauty and simplicity that transcend the poverty and squalor of the diverse settings....Tenacious [readers]...will be rewarded with a captivating portrait of Almond the child, whose life experiences helped produce Almond the writer and his eloquent body of literature." School Library Journal
"Almond writes with lyrical simplicity....[He] comes close to the sentimental...but he writes powerfully of ordinary life and of the dark outside....As with his other books, some of Almond's best writing combines the fragile and the grotesque, especially in the exquisite stories about the coming of the circus and the carnival." Hazel Rochman, Booklist
This collection of stories encapsulates the author's endless sense of mystery and wonderment, as they weave a tangible tapestry of growing up in a large, loving family. Here Almond (Heaven Eyes) shares joy and fear, darkness and light, the healing power of love and imagination in overcoming the wounds of ignorance and prejudice that inspired his award-winning novels.
About the Author
David Almond is the winner of the 2001 Michael L. Printz Award for Kits 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.