Secret Heart by David Almond

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Joe Maloney is out of place in this world. His mother wants him to be a man, and he can’t be that yet. His only friend, Stanny Mole, wants to teach him how to kill, and Joe can’t learn that. Joe’s mind is always somewhere else: on the weird creatures he sees in the distant sky, the songs he hears in the air around him, the vibrations of life he feels everywhere. Everybody laughs at Joe Maloney.

And then a tattered circus comes to town, and a tiger comes for him. It leads him out into the night, and nothing in Joe Maloney’s world is ever the same again.

The transformative power of imagination and beauty flows through this story of a boy who walks where others wouldn’t dare to go, a boy with the heart of a tiger, an unlikely hero who knows that sometimes the most important things are the most mysterious.

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About David Almond

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DAVID ALMOND lives in England.
Published January 16, 2009 by Laurel Leaf. 224 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Secret Heart David Almond Hodder, £10, pp202 Buy it at a discount at BOL With his latest novel, the award-winning author of Skellig and Kit's Wilderness moves even further into the realms of magic realism.

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Publishers Weekly

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With a reading as nimble and sure as cat feet, British actor Malcolm seems at home in the strange, exotic world of Almond's latest fantasy.

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Publishers Weekly

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Although most of the book is characteristically dark and intense, Joe moves steadily towards the light as, escorted by a motley crew of circus people, he travels an evocative road towards self-discovery.

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And out in the wasteland, thinking of Nanty Solo, the old lady lobotomised by the Real World, and set free from her pain by precious relics from the past, thinking of Hackenschmidt, the worlds greatest wrestler and teacher of wonders, thinking of Joff and Stanny Mole who sacrifice for evil, think...

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