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Half a Creature from the Sea
A Life in Stories

author: David Almond
illustrator: Eleanor Taylor

May Malone is said to have a monster in her house, but what Norman finds there may just be the angel he needs. Joe Quinn’s house is noisy with poltergeists, or could it be Davie’s raging causing the disturbance? Fragile Annie learns the truth about herself in a photograph taken by a traveling man near the sea. Set in the northern English Tyneside country of the author’s childhood, these eight short stories by the incomparable David Almond evoke gritty realities and ineffable longings, experiences both ordinary and magical. In autobiographical preludes to each story, the writer shows how all things can be turned into tales, reflecting on a time of wonder, tenderness, and joy.

Master storyteller David Almond presents a beautiful collection of short fiction, interwoven with pieces that illuminate the inspiration behind the stories.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$16.99 / $21.99
isbn-10/isbn-13:
076368676X /  9780763686765
on sale date:
09/2015
type/format:
Fiction - Illustrated Middle-grade / EBook
age range:
12 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
240 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 7 and up
 
subjects:
Biographical; Short Stories; Biographical; Magical Realism; Short Stories;
author’s comments:
David Almond has received several major awards, including a Hans Christian Andersen Award, a Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, an Eleanor Farjeon Award, and a Michael L. Printz Award. He is known worldwide as the author of Skellig, Clay, and many other plays, stories, and novels, including The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers; The Savage, Slog’s Dad, and Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, all illustrated by Dave McKean; and My Dad’s a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon, bothillustrated by Polly Dunbar. David Almond lives in England.
illustrator’s comments:
Eleanor Taylor is an award-winning illustrator. She lives in England.
 
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