Boy Who Swam With Piranhas by David Almond

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There's no mistaking the hallmark Almond tenderness and the willingness to work with the common things of life, which animate it from start to finish and make it good.
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Stanley Potts is just an ordinary boy, but when all the jobs in Fish Quay disappear his Uncle Ernie develops an extraordinary fascination with canning fish. Suddenly their home is filled with the sound of clanging machinery and the stench of mackerel, and Uncle Ernie's obsession reaches such heights that he would even can Stan's beloved goldfish! Stan, however, has his own destiny, which leads him - via a hook-a-duck stall - to Pancho Pirelli, the blue-caped madman who swims with piranhas. And as Stan delves into the waters, he finally discovers who he really can be.
 

About David Almond

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David Almond is known worldwide as the multi-award-winning author of Skellig, Kit's Wilderness, and numerous other books and plays. He has received the Hans Christian Andersen Award for his lasting contributions to children's literature. David Almond lives in Northumberland, England. Oliver Jeffers is an artist, illustrator and writer from Belfast Northern Ireland. Oliver received a First Class BA/Honors Degree in Visual Communication & Certificate of foundation studies from the University of Ulster, School of Art and Design in 2001. His work has been exhibited in multiple cities, including the National Portrait Gallery in London. HarperCollins UK and Penguin USA publish his picture books, including The Incredible Book Eating Boy, The Great Paper Caper, Up and Down, and Stuck. Oliver's second book, Lost and Found, was developed into an animated short film, which has received over sixty awards including a BAFTA for Best Animated Short Film. Picture Book awards include the Smarties Award, Irish Book of the Year, The Blue Peter Book of the Year, as well as shortlists for the British Book of the Year, and the Kate Greenaway Medal.
 
Published August 13, 2012 by Walker Books Ltd. 256 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Action & Adventure, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Nature & Wildlife.
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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Simon Mason on Aug 31 2012

There's no mistaking the hallmark Almond tenderness and the willingness to work with the common things of life, which animate it from start to finish and make it good.

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Excellent
on Jul 07 2013

A buoyant, delightfully Almond-ine coming-of-age novel about fish, fate and family; moonlight, madness and myth; runts, “Rackanruwin” and, finally, redemption.

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