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Joe Quinn's Poltergeist - David Almond

Joe Quinn's Poltergeist

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2019
ISBN: 9781406363197
Number Of Pages: 80
For Ages: 9+ years old

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A dark, powerful and moving short story from the internationally acclaimed author of Skellig.

A beautifully imagined story for fans of Neil Gaiman, by the dream team of bestselling author, David Almond and award-winning artist, Dave McKean.

Joe Quinn tells everyone about the poltergeist in his house, but no one believes him. No one that is, except for Davie. He’s felt the inexplicable presence in the rooms, he’s seen random objects fly through the air. And there’s something else … a memory of his beloved sister, and a feeling deep down that somehow it might be possible for ghosts to exist.

  • An other-worldly and evocative tale from one of the most acclaimed storytellers of his generation.
  • A beautifully illustrated full-colour gift edition with jacket, with artwork by long-time collaborator and award-winning illustrator, Dave McKean.
About the Author

David Almond is the acclaimed author of Skellig, winner of the Whitbread Children's Award and the Carnegie Medal; Kit's Wilderness, winner of the Smarties Award Silver Medal, Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal and shortlisted for the Guardian Award; and The Fire-Eaters, winner of the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Gold Award and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He has also collaborated with Polly Dunbar on the highly acclaimed My Dad's a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed into the Moon.

David lives in Northumberland.

About the Illustrator

Dave McKean is a world-renowned artist, designer and film director who has illustrated several books for children, including The Savage and Slog's Dad, both by David Almond. He has also collaborated with Neil Gaiman on Coraline, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish and The Wolves in the Wall, as well as the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book.

Dave has more recently illustrated Heston Blumenthal's Fat Duck Cookbook and directed two feature films, MirrorMask and Luna. He lives in Tenterden, Kent.

Industry Reviews

"Strangeness also saturates David Almond's graphic-novel collaboration with Dave McKean Blurring the boundaries between text and image, child and adult, life and afterlife, Almond and McKean create a sense of the meeting point between the human and sublime." * The Guardian *
"In the arresting style of their earlier collaborations, McLean's visuals give life to the dark, otherworldly soul of Almond's short story." * The Bookseller, Children's March Previews *
"Each page is a work of art...Combining the demotic and the lyrical, Almond continues to mine the language and circumstances of his own youth, and to reveal the weighty emotional and spiritual moments of young lives." * Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week *
"DAVID ALMOND'S brilliant books explore powerful emotions of grief and hope, the balance between the ordinary and extraordinary, reality and the supernatural. In this stunning graphic story, created with longtime collaborator Dave McKean, he draws on the death of his own baby sister, Barbara, when Almond was just seven... Set against the backdrop of Almond's beloved Tyneside terraced streets, with troubled priests, footballing youths and broken families, the thought-provoking tale is brought vividly to life by McKean's powerful illustrations." * Sally Morris, The Daily Mail *
"...a wonderfully immersive tale, told with David Almond's trademark melancholy grit and wit." * Financial Times *
"David Almond is nothing short of a genius, particularly when he's writing about the mysteries of early adolescence... The result is a tale that is moving and profound... Almond's hypnotic writing is matched by Dave McKean's wild and dark visual story-telling. A perfect, atmospheric synthesis." * The Herald *
"This dark and moving book is a must-read for young teens in need of a powerful, coming-of-age tale. As you'd expect, it's told and drawn with mesmering, jaw-drops-to-the-floor style." * BookTrust *

ISBN: 9781406363197
ISBN-10: 1406363197
Audience: Children
For Ages: 9+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 80
Published: 1st April 2019
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.4 x 17.1  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.39

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