May 12, 2012

David Almond

We love this author and want to share with you some of his great books available @ GMPL!

About David Almond:
  •        Almond currently lives with his family in Northumberland, England. 
  •        He’s been writing children’s books since 1998.
  •        In 2010 he was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international award for an author of children's books.
Check out these books by David Almond @ GMPL:

My Dad’s a Birdman
Mr. Poop is hosting The Human Bird Competition.  Lizzie’s dad thinks he’s actually a bird—squawking, eating worms, wearing wings, and even laying his own (invisible) egg!  Rather than worry whether her dad, the Birdman, has gone crazy after losing mam, Lizzie decides to become a Birdgirl.  Together they join Mr. Poop’s competition.  The question is: Will they fly or fall?

This is a whimsical short novel for young readers about the joys of imagination.  Highly recommended for fans of Roald Dahl and readers looking for stories of strong father-daughter bonds.   

Skellig follows Michael to his new house on a new street just after the birth of his baby sister.  With the baby's questionable health, his family's attention is all on her and getting the house ready for her return from the hospital.  With so much change happening at once, he feels lonely and lost until he meets the girl down the street, Mina.  Together they explore the neighborhood and learn that magic is all around them if they take the time to see it.

This story won the Whitbread Children's Book award, as well as the Carnegie Medal, and for good reason!  This story will stay with you after you’ve finished and leave you wanting more of David Almond’s stories.
   My Name is Mina

My Name is Mina is the prequel to Almond’s first novel, Skellig.  Mina takes place before she has met Michael or Skellig.  Mina decides to keep a journal, but not just by discussing what happens in her daily life.  Pouring her thoughts, dreams, poems, and wishes into her journal, Mina allows us to see the world through her eyes.  A free spirit who is home-schooled by her mother, we realize that we are missing out on the wonders of the world by accepting the status quo.  From the first line, “My name is Mina and I love the night,” you’ll be hooked.

This novel is told from ten different perspectives, written by ten different authors, chronicling the mysterious life of George "Gee" Keane.  David Almond contributed the chapter of Click told from the perspective of Annie.

We hope you enjoy David Almond's stories as much as we do!