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The Colour of the Sun

by David Almond

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults Crime / Mystery

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“The day is long, the world is wide, you’re young and free,” Davie’s mam announces at the start of a sweltering day. But Davie doesn’t feel that way. He recently lost his dad and “he hates this dead-end place, where nothing seems to happen, nothing seems to change. Sometimes he just wants to walk out of it and keep on walking and leave it all behind”. Then this morning, as Davie walks through his hometown, David discovers that something has happened - a local lad has been killed, and Davie thinks he knows who’s responsible.

Amidst the speculation of his Tyneside neighbours, Davie embarks on a pilgrimage of sorts, encountering a cast of wisdom-imparting folk along the way. There’s wooden-legged Wilf who shares advice and fruit gums; the openhearted priest who makes a confession; the girls creating a “world of wonders” garden. While walking, Davie feels the flutter and ache of grief as “bleak, black memories” surface but, as a friend of his father says, “sometimes a memory or a dream is a fine place to be”. “What is lost might be discovered again, but in a different form”, counsels another character. And as he continues on his way, watching out for the murder suspect, Davie seems to find his father in another form.

Wise and soulfully unexpected, this is truly a book for all ages, by an author who exudes the uncanny elegance of a master conjurer.

David Almond says: 'I guess it embodies my constant astonishment at being alive in this beautiful, weird, extraordinary world.'


The Costa Judges said : ‘One of the most beautiful, transcendent books in the competition.’

Joanne Owen

The Colour of the Sun Synopsis

The day is long, the world is wide, you're young and free. One hot summer morning, Davie steps boldly out of his front door. The world he enters is very familiar - the little Tyneside town that has always been his home - but as the day passes, it becomes ever more mysterious. A boy has been killed, and Davie thinks he might know who is responsible. He turns away from the gossip and excitement and sets off roaming towards the sunlit hills above the town. As the day goes on, the real and the imaginary start to merge, and Davie knows that neither he nor his world will ever be the same again. This an outstanding novel full of warmth and light, from a multi-award-winning author. David Almond says: 'I guess it embodies my constant astonishment at being alive in this beautiful, weird, extraordinary world.'

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The Colour of the Sun Press Reviews

Beautiful, dream-like story about a boy, a crime, a feud, and growing up in a small town. It's warm and loving and manages to be both intimate and expansive. A beautiful, beautiful read. - The Bookbag

This book yearns with nostalgia for the cusp between boyhood and manhood...It is lyrical, transcendental and shot through with dialect voices. SUNDAY TIMES CHILDREN'S BOOK OF THE WEEK -- Nicolette Jones - The Sunday Times

Finally, the pure joy and exhilaration of being young and alive on a perfect summer's day is captured to stunning effect in David Almond's The Colour of the Sun (Hodder GBP12.99)...Lyrical and unforgettable, it's Almond's most autobiographical novel to date and possibly his most beautiful. -- Fiona Noble - The Observer

The Colour of the Sun is really, really something. - Woman's Way

David Almond at his finest...this is a lyrical and moving story about a boy on the cusp of manhood...There is a touching innocence to this book and a warmth that glows from every page. -- Beth Goodyear - The Scotsman

brilliantly suspenseful until the end...He [David Almond] is that rare thing - a writer of lucid, mature elegance, who can still see the world through adolescent eyes. -- Emily Bearn - The Daily Telegraph

The book explores liminal spaces: the edgelands between child and adult, being and seeming, life and death and the human and natural worlds. - The Guardian

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ISBN: 9781444919554
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444919554
Publication date: 3rd May 2018
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Crime / Mystery,
Categories: Crime & mystery fiction (Children's / Teenage), Thrillers (Children's / Teenage), Personal & social issues: family issues (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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