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 grieving grandfather begins to lose his grip... show more
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 grieving grandfather begins to lose his grip on life, Kit is irresistibly drawn into a treacherous game played for the highest of stakes. Coming face to face with the ghosts of the wilderness--the space between the houses and the river where the ancient mine once flourished--this game ultimately tests his perceptions of life and death. David Almond, the award-winning author of Skellig, has set this extraordinary novel on a canvas of bleak, uncompromising landscapes which perfectly echo the simmering tensions that drive the story. With its all- consuming, chilling and surprisingly sensual depth Kit's Wilderness is packed tight with emotions that resonate on the page, making it a truly remarkable and unforgettable novel for older children. (Ages 11 and over). --Susan Harrison
Publish date: February 15th 2001
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Realistic Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Middle Grade
, Magical Realism
After the death of his grandmother, thirteen-year-old Kit’s family moves back to their hometown. Kit quickly becomes friends with a group of kids who play a game called Death. After Kit “dies” in the game, he begins to see the ghosts of children who died in a mining accident centuries ago. I’m con...
The story didn't really capture me, but the writing is lovely (I wouldn't expect anything less from a David Almond book).
workaday mp3Kids play the death game at the site of an old mining accident.
I remember very little about this book except that I read it in late '09 and really liked it then, so I'm probably going to have to go back and re-read it to write a proper summary of what I thought.
in a sentence: A story based journey with Kit Watson through the semi-dream/semi-reality experience in his family's hometown during his Grandfather's final times.The story begins simply enough, with the coming home again to support a Grandfather during the loss of his Grandmother. We journey with Ki...