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Secret Heart

Secret Heart

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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Genre: Children's, Teenage & Educational / Children's / Teenage Fiction & True Stories / General Fiction (children's

On Sale: 6th February 2014

Price: £6.99

ISBN-13: 9781444921076

Reviews

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
A sooty darkness permeates the writing, illuminated by sudden bursts of sunlight and the music of skylarks.
The Daily Telegraph
There is a mystical quality about David Almond's writing that makes him quite unlike any other author
Financial Times
A powerful story of love, persecution and freedom, it is his best novel to date (and that's saying something).
The Scotsman
David Almond's books are strange, unsettling, wild things...like all great literature, beyond classification. An exhilarating, though not always easy read for anyone who, like Joe, has tigers and larks in their heart.
The Guardian
Mysterious and enigmatic.
The Bookseller
A life-changing story of hope, love and encouragement for a boy who's been all but written off.
The Sunday Times
A lyrical and haunting story.
The Daily Telegraph
A subtle, sophisticated book. Almond's speciality is an enchanting blend of the magical and the real.
The Times
This gripping book will enrich your soul and fire your imagination.
The Daily Telegraph