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Secret Heart

David Almond

8 Reviews

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, For National Curriculum Key Stage 3, For National Curriculum Key Stage 4 & GCSE, Interest age: from c 9 years, Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)

Joe Maloney is out of place in this world: his mind is always somewhere else - on the weird creatures he sees around him and whispers he hears on the air. But into his world comes the circus, and Corinna, and a tiger ... A moving, mysterious and spiritual story from an extraordinary writer.

Joe lives with his mother in Helmouth, a forgotten village crumbling on the edge of the suburbs. His days are spent trying to evade the demands of school and the taunts of the local bullies. Joe's friend, Stanny, insists that Joe must toughen up, become a survivor - and he is adamant that a weekend in the wilderness with Stanny and his Uncle Joff will do the trick.

Into Joe's unhappy world comes Hackenschmidt's Circus, and with it the strangely familiar Corinna. She tells Joe, 'In the circus there is a secret heart ' - a place of contained wildness where the barriers between the human and animal world are fluid. And indeed, Joe's dreams are already stalked by a tiger, so real that his skin and its pelt begin to feel as one...

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 Secret Heart

  • As readers will expect from David Almond, there's a sense of inhabiting a strange, vivid world that exists alongside the familiar, and an evocation of wonder in everyday things as well as in the extraordinary. This is a powerful addition to his highly distinctive works. - TES

  • This gripping book will enrich your soul and fire your imagination. - Daily Telegraph

  • An exhilarating, though not always easy read for anyone who, like Joe has tigers and larks in their hearts. - Guardian

  • his best book yet ... As we have come to expect of Almond's writing, the book has a dreamlike resonance. It is a story about love, persecution, freedom and the conflict between man and beast, perceived here as a battle between machismo and a female animalism - Literary Review

  • A life-changing story of hope, love and encouragement for a boy who's been all but written off. - The Sunday Times

  • As readers will expect from David Almond, there's a sense of inhabiting a strange, vivid world that exists alongside the familiar, and an evocation of wonder in everyday things as well as in the extraordinary. This is a powerful addition to his highly distinctive works. - TES

  • This gripping book will enrich your soul and fire your imagination. - Daily Telegraph

  • An exhilarating, though not always easy read for anyone who, like Joe has tigers and larks in their hearts. - Guardian

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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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