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David Almond


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David Almond was born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1951 and grew up in the small mining town of Felling.

He was educated at the University of East Anglia and Newcastle Polytechnic. After graduating he worked as a teacher for five years before moving to a remote artists' commune in Norfolk to concentrate on his writing. He then returned to Newcastle, where he worked as a part-time Special Needs teacher and edited the literary fiction journal Panurge. He is an experienced creative writing teacher and has worked for the Arvon Foundation and for schools, colleges and universities and is in demand as a speaker at festivals and conferences around the world.
 

Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fantasy, General Fiction
 
New and upcoming books
April 2024

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Puppet
 
September 2024

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The Falling Boy
 
Series
Skellig
   0. Skellig (1998)
   0. My Name is Mina (2010)
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Novels
   A Kind of Heaven (1997)
   Sleepless Nights (1998)
   Kit's Wilderness (1999)
   Heaven Eyes (2000)
   Secret Heart (2001)
   The Fire-Eaters (2003)
   Clay (2005)
   Click (2007) (with others)
   My Dad's a Birdman (2007)
   The Savage (2008)
   Raven Summer (2009)
   The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon (2010)
   Slog's Dad (2010)
   The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean (2011)
   The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas (2012)
   The Tightrope Walkers (2014)
   A Song for Ella Grey (2014)
   The Tale of Angelino Brown (2017)
   The Colour of the Sun (2018)
   War is Over (2018)
   Brand New Boy (2020)
   Bone Music (2021)
   Paper Boat, Paper Bird (2022)
   Puppet (2024)
   The Falling Boy (2024)
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Collections
   Counting Stars (2000)
   Where Your Wings Were (2002)
   Mouse Bird Snake Wolf (2007)
   Free? (2009) (with others)
   Two Plays (2010)
   Nesting (2013)
   Half a Creature from the Sea (2014)
   The Poet and the Echo (2023) (with others)
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Novellas and Short Stories
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Series contributed to
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Plays show
 
Picture Books show
 
Chapter Books show
 
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David Almond recommends
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No Season but the Summer (2023)
Matilda Leyser
"What a wonderful writer. Matilda Leyser's work is precise, poetic, hard-edged, rhythmical. It seethes with life, and feels both ancient and brand new."
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Amber & Clay (2021)
Laura Amy Schlitz
"Schlitz is such a bold and intelligent writer. It’s a beautifully written tale."
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The Short Knife (2020)
Elen Caldecott
"A distinctive and engrossing tale."

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Books containing stories by David Almond
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First Light (2022)
A Celebration of Alan Garner
edited by
Erica Wagner
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The Great War (2015)
Stories Inspired by Items from the First World War

Awards
2001 Michael L. Printz Award : Kit's Wilderness
1999 Carnegie Medal : Skellig

Award nominations
2019 CrimeFest: Best Crime Fiction Novel for Young Adults (nominee) : The Colour of the Sun
2018 Costa Book Award for Children's Book (nominee) : The Colour of the Sun
2015 YA Book Prize (nominee) : A Song for Ella Grey
2013 Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book (nominee) : The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas
2012 Carnegie Medal (nominee) : My Name is Mina
2006 Costa Book Award for Children's Book (nominee) : Clay
2000 Michael L. Printz Award (nominee) : Skellig


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