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Kit's Wilderness by David Almond
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Mar 24, 2011

really liked it
Read in February, 2011

The story told in the book Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond is an eerie and haunted one. Beginning with a scene of children playing a strange game of Death, it then tells Kit’s adventure moving to the town of his ancestors. When he starts attending his new school, he meets a boy named John Askew whose ancestors were also from the town. He invites Kit to join a group of children in the Death ceremony, but when a teacher follows Kit and discovers what they are doing, it is forced to a stop. John is furious with Kit and runs away, but they share a connection as both of them have been able to see their ancestor’s spirits ever since they have played “Death”. The message of this book is apparent in Almond’s use of the ancestor spirits to be a part of the lives of the children. Although our ancestors died long ago, they affect who we are and what we will become. I greatly enjoyed the story, message, and theme of Kit's Wilderness and recommend it to young adult readers.
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