The Tightrope Walkers

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The Tightrope Walkers
Written by David Almond
Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0763691046
ISBN-13: 9780763691042
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The Tightrope Walkers

author: David Almond

A gentle visionary coming of age in the shadow of the shipyards of northern England, Dominic Hall is torn between extremes. He craves the freedom he feels when he balances above the earth on a makeshift tightrope with the eccentric girl artist next door, Holly Stroud—his first and abiding love. Yet he also finds himself drawn to the brutal charms of Vincent McAlinden, a complex bully who awakens something wild and reckless and killing in Dom. In a raw and beautifully crafted bildungsroman, David Almond reveals the rich inner world of a boy teetering on the edge of manhood.

“The interplay between the characters and their environments results in a stunningly human and humanizing story. This is by far Almond’s best work to date.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
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isbn-10/isbn-13:
0763691046 /  9780763691042
on sale date:
11/2016
type/format:
Young Adult Novel / Paperback
age range:
14 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
336 / 6" x 9"
grade range:
Grade 9 and up
 
subjects:
Fiction; Juvenile Fiction; Social Issues; School & Education; Coming Of Age; Alternative Family; Dating & Sex;
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 True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean as well as The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers; The Savage, Slog’s Dad, and Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, illustrated by Dave McKean; and My Dad’s a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon, illustrated by Polly Dunbar. David Almond lives in England.
 
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