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The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean

author: David Almond

Billy Dean is a secret child. He has a beautiful young mother and a father who arrives at night carrying the scents of candles and incense and cigarettes. Birds fly to his window. Mice run out from his walls. His world is a carpet, a bed, pictures of the holy island, and a single locked door. His father fills his mind and his dreams with mysterious tales and memories and dreadful warnings. But then his father disappears, and Billy’s mother brings him out into the world at last. He learns the horrifying story of what was saved and what was destroyed on the day he was born, the day the bombers came to Blinkbonny. The kind butcher, Mr. McCaufrey, and the medium, Missus Malone, are waiting for him. He becomes The Angel Child, one who can heal the living, contact the dead, bring comfort to a troubled world. But there is one figure who is beyond healing, who comes looking for Billy himself — and is determined on a kind of reckoning.

From master storyteller David Almond comes a gripping, exquisitely written novel about a hidden-away child who emerges into a broken world.
suggested retail price (U.S./CAN):
$9.99 / $12.00
isbn-10/isbn-13:
0763667250 /  9780763667252
on sale date:
01/2014
type/format:
Young Adult Novel / EBook
age range:
14 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
272 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 9 and up
 
subjects:
Fiction; Family; Social Issues; Fantasy & Magic; Alternative Family; General; Dating & Sex;
author’s comments:
David Almond, the winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award, is known worldwide as the multi-award-winning author of Skellig, Clay, and many other novels, stories, and plays. With Candlewick Press, he is the author of The Savage, Slog’s Dad, and Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, all illustrated by Dave McKean, among other titles. David Almond lives in England.
 
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