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Jackdaw Summer

by David Almond

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LoveReading View on Jackdaw Summer

In his exceptional, delicate writing, prize-winning author David Almond weaves together many strands which together give an intimate insight into the thinking of two boys growing up in his familiar Northumberland countryside. Against a background of fighter planes swooping overhead, the boys follow the jackdaw to the unexpected find of an abandoned baby. How they interpret the jackdaw, their reactions to finding the baby and their interactions with each other make a moving and thoughtful story told with exceptional elegance.


Lovereading comment:

This stunning new novel explores themes of friendship, loyalty, savagery and goodness, in writing which is accessible, contemporary and quite brilliant.  It explores what it is to be wild - what it means to grow up.  it has elements of Lord of the Flies in it, and is tautly and expertly written.


David Almond novels in order of publication: SkelligKit’s Wilderness, Heaven Eyes, Counting Stars, Secret Heart, The Fire-Eaters, Clay and most recently Jackdaw Summer.

Jackdaw Summer Synopsis

From the winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award" and the Carnegie Medal" comes an extraordinary new novel ... One hot summer's day a jackdaw leads two boys into an ancient farmhouse.  Every summer Liam and Max roam the wild countryside of Northumberland - but this year things are different. Liam and Max are no longer children.  On the day they follow the jackdaw, things will change forever.  In the farmhouse they find a baby, wrapped in a blanket.  Liam takes the baby home and his life is never the same.  It's time for him to grow up...


Jackdaw Summer Press Reviews

'Almond manages to make a work of art out of the simplest words' The Times


'David Almond is a very fine writer.  One of the finest we have' Michael Morpurgo


'There really is no one quite like Almond writing in children's or adult's fiction today' The Times


'It's an extraordinary profound book, no matter how old the reader' Whitbread on Skellig


'funny, mysterious, moving, frightening, and so deftly constructed as to be fiercely compelling... not beneath the attention of adult readers' The Sunday Times on Clay


'Great literature.  Beyond classification' Guardian

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ISBN: 9780340881996
Publication date: 07/05/2009
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340881996
Publication date: 7th May 2009
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 240 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, eBook Favourites,
Categories: General fiction (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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