Soonchild by Russell Hoban

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Warning: mind blowingly spooky and exciting journey ahead.


Two internationally acclaimed artists create a groundbreaking, genre-defying adventure to transcend time, place, and identity.

In the cold north where the white wind blows lives Sixteen-Face John, a shaman. His wife is expecting their first child — a "soonchild." But Soonchild won’t come out! So John sets out to find the World Songs that inspire all soonchildren to leave the womb. Along the way, he must shift shape and size, converse with animals and ancestors, and face demons and death. But he also pursues an elusive golden-eyed presence that hints at a connection with his past. This breathtaking novel, as exciting as it is spooky, is a lyrical tribute to the forces of nature, magic, and family.

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Russell Hoban (1925–2011) once described himself as "an addict to writing" and wrote more than fifty books for children, including such classics as Bedtime for Frances, How Tom Beat Captain Najork and His Hired Sportsmen, and The Sea-Thing Child. He was also the author of many acclaimed novels for adults, including Turtle Diary and Riddley Walker.Alexis Deacon created the acclaimed picture books Slow Loris, Beegu, and While You Are Sleeping and has twice been short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He lives in London.
Published March 1, 2012 by Walker & Company. 144 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Lasya Karthikeyan on Oct 24 2012

Warning: mind blowingly spooky and exciting journey ahead.

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Reviewed by Tony Bradman on Mar 07 2012

One question looms large, of course: is it a children's book? The themes – birth, death, spiritual regeneration – might lead you to think otherwise...

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Reviewed by Janice Durante on Aug 14 2012

The reader’s experience of this singular novel is enriched by Alexis Deacon’s powerful charcoal and pencil drawings... These illustrations, combined with the author’s lyrical language, engage the reader in a magical, thought-provoking expedition.

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