Half a Creature from the Sea

by David Almond

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LoveReading View on Half a Creature from the Sea

An anthology of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller and author of the internationally award-winning Skellig, David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the North-East of England. It features coming of age stories on the theme of closeness to home, deftly interwoven with illuminating autobiographical pieces on the inspirations behind the fiction. It is a beautifully produced jacketed hardback edition with black and white vignette illustrations.

 

David Almond says of this unique collection, “Stories on the page are so beautifully neat. All that lovely black print; those lovely straight lines and paragraphs and pages. But stories are living things, creatures that move and grow in the imaginations of writer and reader. They must be solid and touchable, like the land, and must have fl uid half-known depths, like the sea. These stories take place in a real world – but in fiction, real worlds merge with dreamed worlds. Real people walk with ghosts and fi gments. Earthly truth goes hand-in-hand with watery lies.”

Half a Creature from the Sea Synopsis

This is a collection of dark, powerful and moving short stories from master storyteller David Almond, inspired by his childhood in the north-east of England. Stories include: The Missing Link , Joe Quinn's Poltergeist , Harry Miller's Run , Slog's Dad , Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads , Mary Malone , Half a Creature from the Sea , and, When God Came to Kathleen's Garden . It features coming of age stories on the theme of closeness to home, deftly interwoven with illuminating autobiographical pieces on the inspirations behind the fiction. It is a beautifully produced jacketed hardback edition with black and white vignette illustrations. It comes from the author of the internationally award-winning Skellig.

Half a Creature from the Sea Reader Reviews

Teens love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Emily Kinder, age 13 - 'This powerful set of short stories is typical of David Almond. All set in his  childhood village; some are charming, some are dark, all are thought provoking.' Read full review >
  • Poppy, age 15 - 'I thought that Half A Creature From The Sea were beautifully written short stories, told by a spell binding author. They where creative and imaginative, easy to picture and very enjoyable.' Read full review >

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ISBN: 9781406354348
Publication date: 04/09/2014
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406354348
Publication date: 4th September 2014
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Reader Reviewed Books, eBook Favourites,
Categories: Short stories (Children's / Teenage),

About David Almond

In March 2010 David Almond won The Hans Christian Andersen Award which is presented every other year to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature.   Julia Eccleshare on David Almond: One of the best-loved and finest writers of today, David Almond made an immediate impact with Skellig, his first book. The moving story of a boy’s discovery of a strange creature in the shed which can be interpreted in many ways introduced some to the recurrent themes of David Almond’s writing. Infused with a touch of magic ...

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