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4.41  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A warm and thought-provoking tale from a master storyteller, winner of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and author of the Carnegie Medal-winning Skellig.

“Mam, did you think George was,” I say, “a bit … weird?”
“Weird? Yes, I suppose so. But you kids are all a bit weird if you ask me. And to tell the truth, it’d be weird if you weren’t.”

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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 5th 2020 by Walker Books
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Dash fan
3.5☆ A Unique and Intriguing Middle Grade Read.

Brand New Boy is a unique story and not like anything I have read before.
This is also my first encounter with this author.

This is a story that looks into acceptance, friendships, education and fitting in.
I'm not really sure how to write up my review without potentially giving anything away.

George was the new boy in school.
He was very very different to the other children, yet everyone wanted to be his friend. All the children wanted to help him a
Jonny Walker
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If Ken Loach wrote Black Mirror, it would lead to something like this. The quiet Goliath of children’s literature has given another masterclass with Brand New Boy.

I have a soft spot for David Almond’s writing as it always gives me a rush of Northern pride alongside every other feeling he so reliably conjures. Again set up in the North East, Almond’s new book tells of the arrival of a strange new student at Darwin Primary Academy.

George - the brand new boy - seems peculiar. His responses are stif
Marcela Vasques
Oct 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a book to encourage children to reflect on what makes them what they are. It opens up a great opportunity to instigate thoughts on humanity and what makes us human. Is it kindness, intelligence, love for pets, empathy, love for food, our parents, our school? Is it freedom to run around inside a forest with your friends? Freedom to be? To choose? Can we as human reproduce artificially what being human means? This book portraits school children who are brave, full of empathy and great frie ...more
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Man, this was wonderful. A gorgeous story about what makes us human, the power of children and the delight in the future. When a strange new boy arrives at school, Daniel ends up befriending him, but all is not as it seems. I loved the chat about friendship and family in this - were all in the same boat, even though we are all so different. It’s so bloody wonderful to read a book that’s written with a northern twang.
suzie almond
Dec 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An easily accessible book for young readers which explores what it really means to be human. Children will be able to relate to the characters and I think many will wish that the new boy George had arrived at their school. The wonderful illustrations really compliment the style of the story.

With thanks to NetGalley and the publishers.
Dec 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this! Just like when I read Skellig, I was instantly immersed in the story from the first page and read the whole thing in a a few hours.

I'm on the blog tour for this so my full review will be up on my blog in a few days :)
Jan 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Brand New Boy is a really nice read. It's all about friendship, acceptance and learning to be and love yourself. A great read for kids and adults a like, has lots of talking points and shows the power of having good friends around you. ...more
Nov 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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I loved the sense of natural justice that the children displayed when a Brand New Boy starts in their class. Huge themes explored with a lightness of touch only a storyteller of Almond's class could hope to pull off! ...more
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 9 and above
So I tried to read this sitting downstairs but I couldn't get into it.
I took this book to bed and tried again.
It was very weird.
But it was brilliant to read.
There's a new boy in class who seems different to everyone else.
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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 be ...more

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