David Almond


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in Newcastle, England, The United Kingdom
May 15, 1951

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David Almond is a British children's writer who has penned several novels, each one to critical acclaim. He was born and raised in Felling and Newcastle in post-industrial North East England and educated at the University of East Anglia. When he was young, he found his love of writing when some short stories of his were published in a local magazine. He started out as an author of adult fiction before finding his niche writing literature for young adults.

His first children's novel, Skellig (1998), set in Newcastle, won the Whitbread Children's Novel of the Year Award and also the Carnegie Medal. His subsequent novels are: Kit's Wilderness (1999), Heaven Eyes (2000), Secret Heart (2001), The Fire Eaters (2003) and Clay (2005). His first play
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Skellig (Skellig, #1)

3.78 avg rating — 18,843 ratings — published 1998 — 82 editions
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My Name Is Mina (Skellig, #...

3.90 avg rating — 3,710 ratings — published 2010 — 27 editions
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Kit's Wilderness

3.68 avg rating — 3,084 ratings — published 1999 — 45 editions
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Click: One Novel, Ten Authors

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Heaven Eyes

3.70 avg rating — 1,356 ratings — published 2000 — 34 editions
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Clay

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The Savage

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A Song for Ella Grey

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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

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The Fire-Eaters

3.56 avg rating — 1,016 ratings — published 2003 — 37 editions
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“Books. They are lined up on shelves or stacked on a table. There they are wrapped up in their jackets, lines of neat print on nicely bound pages. They look like such orderly, static things. Then you, the reader come along. You open the book jacket, and it can be like opening the gates to an unknown city, or opening the lid of a treasure chest. You read the first word and you're off on a journey of exploration and discovery.”
David Almond

“I don’t want to be little again. But at the same time I do. I want to be me like I was then, and me as I am now, and me like I’ll be in the future. I want to be me and nothing but me. I want to be crazy as the moon, wild as the wind and still as the earth. I want to be every single thing it’s possible to be. I’m growing and I don’t know how to grow. I’m living but I haven’t started living yet. Sometimes I simply disappear from myself. Sometimes it’s like I’m not here in the world at all and I simply don’t exist. Sometimes I can hardly think. My head just drifts, and the visions that come seem so vivid.”
David Almond, Jackdaw Summer

“What are you?" I whispered.
He shrugged again.
"Something," he said. "Something like you, something like a beast, something like a bird, something like an angel." He laughed. "Something like that.”
David Almond, Skellig

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