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  • Hodder Children's Books
  • Hodder Children's Books
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For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, For National Curriculum Key Stage 3, Interest age: from c 9 years, Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)

Another lyrical and gripping read from the multi-award winner, David Almond.

With fascination, Davie and his best friend Geordie watch the arrival of a new boy, Stephen Rose, in their town. He seems to have come from nowhere, and when he arrives to live with his distant aunt, the local loony , Crazy Mary , no one envies him his new home.

But perhaps he s the answer to Davie and Geordie's prayers - a secret weapon in their war against monstrous Mouldy and his gang?

Intrigued by him, gradually Davie and Geordie befriend Stephen. But they are heading innocently down a dangerous path that brings with it a monster of an entirely unexpected nature. Their encounter with the mysterious Stephen is as incredible as it is menacing, and as the true shocking story of Stephen s past slowly emerges, Davie s life is changed forever.

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David Almond

David Almond's first novel for children, SKELLIG, won the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year and the Carnegie Medal, and his second, KIT'S WILDERNESS, won the Smarties Award Silver Medal, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Guardian Award. Following the further success of HEAVEN EYES, 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. David lives with his family in Northumberland. Stephen Lambert grew up in Surrey, and has lived in London, North Yorkshire and now Cornwall, on the edge of Bodmin Moor. He enjoys long walks on the moor, as well as along the coast paths, with his dogs. Other interests include gardening and painting.

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