True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean by David Almond

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From master storyteller David Almond comes a gripping, exquisitely written novel about a hidden-away child who emerges into a broken world.

Billy Dean is a secret child. He has a beautiful young mother and a father who arrives at night carrying the scents of candles and incense and cigarettes. Birds fly to his window. Mice run out from his walls. His world is a carpet, a bed, pictures of the holy island, and a single locked door. His father fills his mind and his dreams with mysterious tales and memories and dreadful warnings. But then his father disappears, and Billy’s mother brings him out into the world at last. He learns the horrifying story of what was saved and what was destroyed on the day he was born, the day the bombers came to Blinkbonny. The kind butcher, Mr. McCaufrey, and the medium, Missus Malone, are waiting for him. He becomes The Angel Child, one who can heal the living, contact the dead, bring comfort to a troubled world. But there is one figure who is beyond healing, who comes looking for Billy himself — and is determined on a kind of reckoning.

 

About David Almond

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David Almond is the author of Skellig, Clay, The Savage and many other novels, stories and plays. His work is translated into over thirty languages and is widely adapted for stage and screen. His major awards include the Hans Christian Andersen Award 2010, the Carnegie Medal, two Whitbreads and the Michael L. Printz Award (USA). He was born in Newcastle, grew up on Tyneside and now lives with his family in Northumberland.
 
Published January 7, 2014 by Candlewick. 265 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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It is full of poignant moments and comic scenes – the séance with Missus Malone, for example, where Billy interrupts her attempts to contact the dead with questions about her sex life – and it raises deeply unsettling questions about what happens to the innocent in a world where everybody wants s...

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It's very personal and it drags you not just into Billy's head but right into his world, a shutaway world in which imagination plays a huge part.

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