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Kit's Wilderness
by David Almond (more about David Almond) 364/124 first published 1999
Real Life Drama for ages 9 to 13 published by Hodder Children's Books
Available from:  Amazon.co.uk
* £4.79, Usually dispatched within 24 hours
Mrs Mad's humble opinion
8/10 You are working hard. Well done.
What's it about?
Enter the darkness and stare deep into the eye's of death, if you dare!
What happens?
The old pits are closed in Stoneygate, but memories live on. When Kit moves into his grandpa's house he is drawn into the game of death, with some of the local children. The group lead by the almost outcast John Askew play a disturbing game which seems to link the present with long dead children, trapped in the mines above the town.
Is it easy to read?
Easily read with a flowing storyline, but I do feel the reader needs a little more maturity to really get to grips with this story.
Anything else?
In some respects I found this a much more mature story, it does need concentration and a good level of maturity in the reader to get the most out of the text. This is a magical and yet frightening story, the lead character Kit has many worries and grows throughout the story. David Almond is clearly going to be a writer to watch over the coming years and I think that these stories will become the kind of classic that keeps them on children's bookshelves for many years to come.
Other books by David Almond include Heaven Eyes, Secret Heart, Skellig, The Fire Eaters.
Who says so?
This review by Mrs Mad.
The publisher reckons...
In Stoneygate there was a wilderness where the ancient coal pit had once been. In the wilderness Kit met Askew, who has a strange ability to draw other children to his game called Death. When Askew disappears, it is up to Kit to find him and bring him back.
And what do you think?
Susan Harrison, Amazon.co.uk
When Kit moves to Stoneygate--a once thriving mining village haunted by a long-ago tragedy which killed 117 children--he is befriended by the wretched, sullen John Askew, a boy whose very soul has been fractured by his violent upbringing. As Kit's grievin
Uwe Hupner, Chemnitz Germany
As Kit moves into the town stoneygate he meets some people who play the game called 'death'. Later Kit is also playing the game. Some of these peoples play the game for fun and pretend the different phenomenons.
Arthur Pa, Kerrisdale Elementary
WOW! This book was great! It is full of excitment! Can Kit get away from Askew's evil grasp as they play the game "death"?
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