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Savage by David Almond
Book DescriptionImagine you wrote a story and that story came true. This is exactly what happens to Blue Baker when he writes about a savage living alone in the woods near his home. After his dad's death, Blue finds comfort in dreaming of a wild kid who survives on a diet of berries and the occasional hapless passer-by. But when the savage pays a night-time visit to the local bully, boundaries become blurred and Blue begins to wonder where he ends and the savage begins. Part novel, part graphic novel, this moving story features striking art from the award-winning Dave McKean.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781406308150
(215mm x 170mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Walker Books Ltd
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Publish Date: 7-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David Almond
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This new edition of a much-loved book includes a number of previously unpublished stories, and an afterword that explains and explores the roots of Almond's work.
Harry Miller's Run, Paperback (September 2016)
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Half a Creature from the Sea, Paperback (April 2016)
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"Originally published in hardcover by Hodder Children's Books, London, in 2014."
US Kirkus Review » Fantasy and reality mix in the psychodrama of a fictional feral child who steps out of his story. Grieving over his father's death, young Blue begins writing privately about a boy who lives in the local wood on raw game and scavenged garbage: "If anybody ever seen him he chased them and cort them and killed them and ate them and chucked their bones down an aynshent pit shaft. He was savage. He was truly wild." Narrating in a mix of prose passages and slashing, two-color sequential panels depicting a bony, shirtless, knife-wielding lad, Blue describes how, after he puts himself, his little sister and a local bully into his tale, he finds tangible evidence that the wild boy has visited all three as they slept. As a grimacing, gesticulating embodiment of raw emotion in McKean's pictures, the wild boy makes a visible and effectively unsettling stand-in for Blue's own emotional turmoil - and indeed, in the climax the alter egos come together for a healing encounter. The art ramps up the intensity of this provocative outing. (Fantasy. 11 & up) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - David Almond
David Almond is the acclaimed author of Skellig, winner of the Whitbread Children's Award and the Carnegie Medal; Kit's Wilderness, winner of the Smarties Award Silver Medal, Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Guardian Award; and The Fire-Eaters, winner of the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Gold Award and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He lives in Northumberland.
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