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Heaven Eyes

David Almond

8 Reviews

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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 highly original and beautifully written novel from the award-winning author of Skellig and Kit's Wilderness. Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Erin, January and Mouse live in a children's home, Whitegates. They often dream of escape, and frequently journey into the outside world. Running away is something they know all about. But this time January builds a raft, and the three of them head precariously down river. Towards the Black Middens. This time they might never come back. When they stumble across a disused factory and its strange inhabitants - Grampa and Heaven Eyes - they wonder if they'll even have the choice. Heaven Eyes is the girl who should have drowned at sea. The mysterious girl desperately searching for her family, hoping that these three might be the family she has lost. She has a secret history only Grampa knows. And does he trust these three invaders enough to tell them Erin feels a sisterly responsibility for Heaven Eyes, Mouse longs to belong anywhere and anyhow, but January thinks Grampa's a murderer. Whatever happens, all three have a part to play. . .

A stunning novel from the author of the modern children's classic Skellig - winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. David Almond is also winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen award.

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Praise for Heaven Eyes

  • Surprising, perfect and mysterious all at once . . . - The Times

  • With his magic realism style, he is becoming the Gabriel Garcia Marquez of children's fiction. - Janni Howker, Times Educational Supplement

  • David Almond understands the joy and fear of being alive better than most - Heaven Eyes is a mysterious gift of a novel. - The Times

  • Both original and unnerving, this really is a fantastic book. - The Bookseller

  • Almond's eerie tale is an astonishing piece of writing about the way that the living and the dead find comfort in each other . . . A very grown-up, totally compelling book, that, like Almond's brilliant Skellig, is about the lost and found, abandonment and redemption, love and faith - particularly faith in yourself and others. - Guardian

  • Beautifully written, intensely imagined, dark, ferocious yet suffused with hope, the book is a breathtaking experience. - Carousel

  • Surprising, perfect and mysterious all at once . . . - The Times

  • With his magic realism style, he is becoming the Gabriel Garcia Marquez of children's fiction. - Janni Howker, Times Educational Supplement

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David Almond

David Almond is the author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, Counting Stars, The Savage, Island, A Song for Ella Grey, The Colour of the Sun and many other novels, stories, picture books, opera librettos, songs and plays. His work is translated into 40 languages, and is widely adapted for stage and screen. His major awards include the Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, the Michael L Printz Award (USA), Le Prix Sorcieres (France) and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. In 2010 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world's most prestigious prize for children's authors.

David speaks at festivals and conferences around the world. He is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. He is widely regarded as one of the most exciting, inspirational and innovative children's authors writing today. He has one amazing daughter. He lives in Bath and in Newcastle, the city in which he was born.

www.davidalmond.com

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