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CILIP Carnegie Children's Book Award, 2006

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With fascination, Davie and his 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 Crazy Mary, no one envies 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, Davie and Geordie befriend Stephen. But they are heading innocently down a 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 story of Stephen’s past slowly emerges, Davie’s life is changed for ever.

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.

Clay was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award and the Carnegie Medal and has been adapted by the BBC into a feature-length film.

(P) Hodder Children’s Books 2005

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An effective, engaging story.
The Scottish Sunday Herald
Funny, mysterious, moving, frightening and so deftly constructed as to be fiercely compelling. This is extraordinary story telling.
The Sunday Times
A stunning read.
The Sunday Times
This adroit and perceptive novel has both immediate appeal and long-lasting resonance.
The Guardian
Both exhilarating and horrifying.
Time Out
Dark and thought-provoking.
The Guardian
The climax of this strange miraculous, beautiful book will make it a classroom classic.
The Times
This is the best that children's fiction has to offer. Brilliant.
The Guardian
His most mysterious and spellbinding work yet.
Daily Express
Hypnotic storytelling.
The Guardian
An astonishing journey. I believe that Almond's books should be compulsory reading in all secondary schools.
Imogen Stubbs, The Daily Telegraph