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The Savage by David Almond
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Dec 29, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: middle-readers, almost-a-graphic-novel, books-for-boys


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Mary Lee Can't wait to hear what you think of this!

Nicola Turner He is from the same part of England as me. I love his books.

Nicola Turner OK, just finished it. Very interesting. I love the way you are never quite sure what is real and what is not in Almond's books. I think kids of a certain age would identify with Blue. Does he just imagine that the bully has really been beat up or does Blue's personal journey and growing strength allow him to be frightened no longer. It seems savage, McKean's illustrations making it more so, but ultimately this is a story about a boy growing up and coming to accept the conflicting desires within him. He has to learn to resist the "hard" male peer pressure without the help of his father. I grew up in NE England and know exactly who is talking about when he talks about the bully. Almond's male heros are always the kind that would have got picked on at school.
Interesting. Interesting.

Mary Lee And I love how it's about the power of story--the power of creation--the power of imagination to heal. Did he invent the savage, or did the savage invent him???

Nicola Turner You hit the nail on the head. Don't you think you would have some really interesting discussions around this one with the kids?

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