Kit has just moved to Stoneygate with his family, to live with his ageing grandfather who is gradually succumbing to Alzheimer's Disease. Stoneygate is an insular place, scarred by its mining history - by the danger and death it has brought them. Where the coal mine used to be there is now a wilderness.
Here Kit meets Askew, a surly and threatening figure who masterminds the game called Death, a frightening ritual of hypnotism; and makes friends with Allie, the clever school troublemaker. As Kit struggles to adjust to his new life and the gradual failing of his beloved grandfather, these two friendships pull him towards a terrifying resolution. Haunted by ghosts of the past, Kit must confront death and - ultimately - life.
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Magic of a very different kind -- Erica Wagner * The Times * An enthralling, multi-layered and complex story with a tension that builds and grips the reader. A wonder ful read. * The Bookseller * A writer of subtle, page-turning and daring exactness. * The Times Educational Supplement * Extremely good. Written with an acute sense of place plus a touch of the supernatural. * The Independent * Sensitive and absorbing. * The Observer * Has the same mesmerising quality of writing and a hauntingly intense plot. * The Sunday Times * The book treats all the great universal themes of literature - love, loss, redemption, mortality - with elegant, tender simplicity, and it is bound to touch any reader of whatever age. -- Raymond Seitz * The Daily Telegraph * Very touching. * The Daily Telegraph * An essential read from an original voice. * The Daily Telegraph * A haunting read for thoughtful readers. * The Daily Telegraph * A moving rites-of-passage novel. * The Guardian Weekly * This superb piece of lyrically-written literary fiction captivates teenagers and their parents alike. * The Guardian * Almond's magic is subtle, breath-taking, redemptive. * The Times * Gripping, convincing and effortlessly well-written * The Observer Review * Dark and gripping. * The Times * Could a children's book win the Booker? The best writing is the kind that defies categories, and Almond's Kit's Wilderness makes the grade. * THE TIMES * Almond's masterpiece: Kit's Wilderness is one of those rare works that changes how we see the world * The Guardian * You can feel the chill from the ghosts that haunt its pages. An essential read from an original voice in children's books. * THE DAILY TELEGRAPH * David Almond is a writer of subtle, page-turning and daring exactness, and he applies the same potent poetic and emphatic skills in his equally moving new novel. * TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT *
About David Almond
David Almond is twice winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award. His first novel, SKELLIG, won the Whitbread Children's Award and the Carnegie Medal. His second, KIT'S WILDERNESS, won the Smarties Award Silver Medal, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Guardian Award. THE FIRE-EATERS won the Whitbread, the Smarties Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. David is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative children's authors writing today, and his books are bestsellers all over the world. He lives with his family in Northumberland.
Kit's Wilderness by David Almond
Used - Very Good
Hachette Children's Group
Winner of Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2000 Winner of Smarties Book Prize Silver Award 1999 Short-listed for Carnegie Medal 2000 Short-listed for Smarties Book Prize 9-11 Category 1999
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