Almond promotes and celebrates freedom for children and their thinking in this lyrical book about growing up.
A pitch-perfect prequel to Skellig. A gloriously rich, multi-layered novel.
David Almond is a fine writer, one of the very finest we have. He is simply incapable of writing a bad sentence.
A poignant, heart-warming novel fuelled by Almond's generosity of spirit and his endorsement of childhood's individuality and quirkiness.
'exquisite prose which sparkles off the page'
a writer of subtle, page-turning and daring exactness.
David Almond's novels all have a unique, mystical thread running through them. He weaves a story web, spiderlike, that holds the reader spellbound while he spins new though-threads on universal themes.
A celebration of the richness of the everyday world and to read it is to feel uplifted.
Almond's chatty, informal and unique writing is different from anything you have read by him before.
A remarkable and thought-provoking prequel.
The life-affirming journal of a home-schooled girl.
Another gem from this award-winning author.
A sensational meditation on creativity and the power of words. A must for any budding writer.
A sensational meditation on creativity and the power of words.
Unsettling but, as ever, beautifully written.
The creative way Mina uses words to explore her dreams and ideas will inspire anyone who's ever kept a diary.
A skillful, affecting and impassioned book.
There really is nobody quite like Almond writing in children's or adults' fiction today.
One of the stand-out novels of the year.
A truly remarkable book. A extraordinary masterpiece.
BACKLIST REVIEWS: 'a book of startling quality and tremendous beauty'
A joyous celebration of what it means to be young and alive and enquiring.
A wonderful book. It is joyous. Thank you, David Almond; I cannot remember when a book filled me with such claminosity.
"superb coming-of-age novel from one of our master story-tellers."
'... exceptional, delicate writing ... make a moving and thoughtful story told with exceptional elegance.'
One of these days, someone is going to notice that David Almond has been kidnapped by children's publishing and demand him back for adults. But until then, we must rejoice in every new offering of his.
a master novelist
A standalone exploration of a child's relationship with language, ideas and living things... the reader is with her all the way.
Intensely moving, this is a profoundly uplifting expression of joy, imagination and consciousness. Absolutely brilliant
"This is a novel of power and beauty."
'Another brilliant novel from a master storyteller.'
A rare and beautiful novel.
Almond manages to make a work of art out of the simplest words.