Books by David Almond

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Books by David Almond

New Books

Joe Quinn's Poltergeist

Joe Quinn’s Poltergeist

David Almond and Dave McKean together again, with a dark, powerful and moving short story.

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.

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The Dam

The Dam

Kielder Water is a wild and beautiful place, rich in folk music and legend…

Years ago, before a great dam was built to fill the valley with water, there were farms and homesteads in that valley and musicians who livened their rooms with song. After the village was abandoned and before the waters rushed in, a father and daughter returned there….

With exquisite artwork by Levi Pinfold, David Almond’s lyrical narrative – inspired by a true tale – pays homage to his friends Mike and Kathryn Tickell and all the musicians of Northumberland, to show that music is ancient and unstoppable, and that dams and lakes cannot overwhelm it.

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Skellig - 20th Anniversary edition

Skellig and related books

Skellig: 20th Anniversary edition

The beautiful and haunting novel that launched David Almond as one of the best children’s writers of today

When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister’s illness, Michael’s world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain.

Then, one Sunday afternoon, he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage of his new home, and finds something magical. A strange creature – part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael’s help if he is to survive. With his new friend Mina, Michael nourishes Skellig back to health, while his baby sister languishes in the hospital.

Skellig won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children’s Book Award and is now a major Sky1 feature film, starring Tim Roth and John Simm.

This newly jacketed edition celebrates 20 years of this multi-award-winning novel.

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Short Stories

Counting Stars

These beautifully-written stories grow out of David Almond’s childhood in the streets and fields of Tyneside. They’re funny and sad, realistic and strange, and are suffused with a profound sense of mystery and wonder. They show that the ordinary world is filled with extraordinary possibilities, that the local really does contain the universal.

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