This adroit and perceptive novel has both immediate appeal and long-lasting resonance.
Dark and thought-provoking.
... funny, mysterious, moving, frightening, and so deftly constructed as to be fiercely compelling. ... not beneath the attention of adult readers.
'Focusing on good and evil, love and desire and the supernatural, Clay transcends the limitations of some writing for children.'
A stunning read.
This is the best that children's fiction has to offer. Brilliant.
He weaves a story web, spiderlike, that holds the reader spellbound while he spins new thought-threads on universal themes
An astonishing journey. I believe that Almond's books should be compulsory reading in all secondary schools.
The climax of this strange miraculous, beautiful book will make it a classroom classic.
An effective, engaging story.
'... another gripping read from one of the master storytellers.'
... lilting prose and a seamless blending of primitive magic with discerning realism. ... elegiac lyricism of a lament for lost innocence but punctuated by moments of sharply observed humour, this adroit and perceptive novel has both immediate appeal and long-lasting resonance.
His most mysterious and spellbinding work yet.
'...this story is totally accessible...an involving and thought provoking read.'
Funny, mysterious, moving, frightening and so deftly constructed as to be fiercely compelling. This is extraordinary story telling.
Both exhilarating and horrifying.
... a work of art out of the simplest words ...