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David Almond (1951-) Biography - Awards, Honors, Sidelights - Personal, Addresses, Career, Writings, Work in Progress

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Born 1951, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England; Education: University of East Anglia, B.A. (with honors). Hobbies and other interests: Walking, listening to music, traveling, spending time with family.

Agent—c/o Hodder Children's Books, Publicity Department, 338 Euston Rd., London NW1 3BH, England.

Teacher in primary, adult, and special-education schools in England; Panurge (fiction magazine), editor, 1987-93; creative writing tutor for Arvon Foundation beginning 1987 and Open College of the Arts, 1995-99; Huntington School, York, England, visiting writer, 1996-98; Hartlepool Schools, writer-in-residence, spring, 1999; visiting speaker and course leader.

JUVENILE FICTION

Skellig, Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 1998, Delacorte Press (New York, NY), 1999.

Kit's Wilderness, Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 1999, Delacorte Press (New York, NY), 2000.

Heaven Eyes, Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 2000, Delacorte Press (New York, NY), 2001.

Counting Stars (short stories), Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 2000, Delacorte Press (New York, NY), 2002.

Secret Heart, Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 2001, Delacorte Press (New York, NY), 2002.

The Fire-Eaters, Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 2003, Delacorte Press (New York, NY), 2004.

Kate, the Cat, and the Moon, illustrated by Stephen Lambert, Random House (New York, NY), 2005.

Kit's Wilderness and Skellig have been translated and published in several other languages; short stories have been broadcast on BBC Radio Four.

OTHER

Mickey and the Emperor (play for children), produced at Washington Arts Center,1984.

Sleepless Nights (short stories), Iron Press (North Shields, Northumberland, England), 1985.

A Kind of Heaven (short stories), Iron Press (North Shields, Northumberland, England), 1997.

Skellig: A Play (first produced on BBC Radio 4, 2000), Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 2002.

Wild Girl, Wild Boy: A Play (first produced in London, England, 2001), Hodder Children's Books (London, England), 2002.

Clay Boy (radio play), produced on BBC Radio 4, 2002.

Two Plays (contains Wild Girl, Wild Boy and Skellig), Delacorte Press (New York, NY), 2005.

Contributor to London and Critical Quarterly.

Writing Secret Heart, a fourth novel for young adults; a radio dramatization of Skellig; a play for children.

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6 months ago

Leslie Vaz
SeDoMoCha Middle School
63 Harrison Avenue, Suite A
Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426

Dear David Almond,

When I read the book My Name Is Mina, I fell in love with it. After I finished the book, It felt like parts of my life changed. It helped me realize that you should always be yourself during hard and easy times. I think you should never change the way you are.

I picked this book because it's one of my favorite books, and because Mina and I have a few things in common. We both like sketching and we both like owls. This book showed me something. It showed me everyone should be themselves. Mina is very extraordinary, or very strange, but she is herself. She does not trying to change who she is. Some other people make fun of her because they think she is really strange, she is, but she doesn’t change to be someone else. She stays strong and fights through what is happening. That’s something I should do, always stay strong and follow your heart.

I think the book was meaningful because the details of the characters were very clear. It felt like I was Mina. I could imagine Mina so well. It felt like her emotions were my emotions just because how well the book was written. My one question is how could you think of writing these kind of details? Every word, every sentence, and every paragraph I read, was just written clearly. The words Mina said like extraordinary was so different from other books. The only books I have read that has extraordinary was Skellig and My Name Is Mina. That is what made the book different than others.

Your book made an impact on me because when I read the journal entries that Mina wrote, they were extraordinary. Just so unusual. She wrote about her life. You should never change who you are because you are who you are. Mina never let anyone change her, even when she got made fun of.

Yours truly,

Leslie Vaz

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