Bobby Burns knows he’s a lucky lad. Growing up in sleepy Keely Bay, Bobby is exposed to all manner of wondrous things: stars reflecting off the icy sea, a friend that can heal injured fawns with her dreams, a man who can eat fire. But darkness seems to be approaching Bobby’s life from all sides. Bobby’s new school is a cold, cruel place. His father is suffering from a mysterious illness that threatens to tear his family apart. And the USA and USSR are testing nuclear missiles and creeping closer and closer to a world-engulfing war.
Together with his wonder-working friend, Ailsa Spink, and the fire-eating illusionist McNulty, Bobby will learn to believe in miracles that will save the people and place he loves.
About the Author
David Almond is known worldwide as the Michael L. Printz, Carnegie, Whitbread, and Smarties Award-winning author of Skellig, Clay, and many other novels, stories, and plays, including The Savage and Slog s Dad, both illustrated by Dave McKean. In 2010, he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award for the body of his work. David Almond lives in Northumberland, England, with his family.