|David Almond says he had always wanted to be a writer. But along the way to becoming an award-winning short story author in his native England, Almond was also a "mailman, a brush salesman, an editor, and a teacher." Years after his success in writing fiction for adults, the idea for SKELLIG, his first novel for young people, came to him. That book, about a magical creature who changes the life of a boy, won England's prestigious 1998 Carnegie Medal as well as the 1998 Whitbread Children's Book of the Year award. When SKELLIG arrived on US shores last year (published by Delacorte), it was named a 2000 Michael L. Printz Honor Book, and received tons of other accolades. |
Almond's second young adult novel, KIT'S WILDERNESS, is quickly earning the same kind of praise, having already received honors in England and several terrific reviews here since its American release from Delacorte in March 2000.
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