The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

Awards:   Commended for Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2013
Author:   David Almond ,  Oliver Jeffers
Publisher:   Candlewick Press (MA)
ISBN:  

9780763661694


Pages:   230
Publication Date:   06 August 2013
Recommended Age:   From 9 to 12 years
Format:   Hardback
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The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas


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  • Commended for Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2013

Overview

A boy escapes home to seek his own way in the world in a whimsical outing by the award-winning David Almond, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. Stanley Potts's uncle Ernie has developed an over-the-top fascination with canning fish in the house, and life at 69 Fish Quay Lane has turned barmy. But there's darkness in the madness, and when Uncle Ernie's obsession takes an unexpectedly cruel turn, Stan has no choice but to leave. As he journeys away from the life he's always known, he mingles with a carnival full of eccentric characters and meets the legendary Pancho Pirelli, the man who swims in a tank full of perilous piranhas. Will Stan be bold enough to dive in the churning waters himself and choose his own destiny?

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Author:   David Almond ,  Oliver Jeffers
Publisher:   Candlewick Press (MA)
Imprint:   Candlewick Press (MA)
Dimensions:   Width: 13.00cm , Height: 2.30cm , Length: 20.10cm
Weight:   0.363kg
ISBN:  

9780763661694


ISBN 10:   0763661694
Pages:   230
Publication Date:   06 August 2013
Recommended Age:   From 9 to 12 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  Children / Juvenile
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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A buoyant, delightfully Almond-ine coming-of-age novel about fish, fate and family; moonlight, madness and myth; runts, Rackanruwin and, finally, redemption.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)Master storyteller Almond combines delicious wordplay, zany antics, wacky characters, and a bit of magical realism in a novel that touches the heart. Quick-paced, accessible, and enhanced by stylized cartoonlike drawings, this book is sure to be enjoyed by fans of humorous, quirky stories.--School Library JournalDahl meets J. K., flavored with a soupcon of Choose Your Own Adventure, but in the end, this novel is all pure, sweet Almond. ... In the subtlest ways possible, Almond masterfully makes young readers understand this, and they will be delighted that life lessons can be administered so deliciously.--Booklist (starred review)


A buoyant, delightfully Almond-ine coming-of-age novel about fish, fate and family; moonlight, madness and myth; runts, Rackanruwin and, finally, redemption.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


A buoyant, delightfully Almond-ine coming-of-age novel about fish, fate and family; moonlight, madness and myth; runts, Rackanruwin and, finally, redemption.<br>--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)


Author Information

David Almond is the winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award, the most prestigious award in international children's literature. He is known worldwide as the multi-award-winning author of Skellig, Clay, and many other novels, stories, and plays. With Candlewick, he is the author of My Dad's a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon, both illustrated by Polly Dunbar, as well as The Savage, Slog's Dad, and Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, all illustrated by Dave McKean. David Almond lives in England. Oliver Jeffers is the author-illustrator of The Incredible Book Eating Boy, which was named a Bisto Book of the Year Honor book, as well as Lost and Found, the recipient of a Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Medal, among several other picture books. He was born in Australia, grew up in Northern Ireland, and now lives in New York City.

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