"The Printz Award-winning classic gets a new look.
"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.
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.
A Michael L. Printz Award Winner
An ALA Notable Book
A "Publishers Weekly "Best Book.
About the Author
David Almond has received several major international awards, including a Hans Christian Andersen Award, a Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, an Eleanor Farjeon Award, and a Michael L. Printz Award. He is the author of The Tightrope Walkers, The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, Skellig, Clay, and many other novels, stories, and plays. His many books for younger readers include The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers; The Savage, Slog s Dad, and Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, illustrated by Dave McKean; and My Dad s a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon, illustrated by Polly Dunbar. David Almond lives in England with his family.
Praise for Kit's Wilderness:
"A thrilling and spine-tingling ride." --Starred, Publishers Weekly
"A heartbreakingly real world fused with magical realism. . . . [The book's] ruminations about death and the healing power of love will strike children in unsuspected ways." --Starred, Booklist
"A whirl of ghosts and dreams, stories-within-stories, joy, heartache, and redemption." --Kirkus Reviews
Praise for David Almond:
"Kit's Wilderness establishes Almond as the most exciting new voice in children's books of this decade." --Literary Review, London