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The Boy Who Swam With Piranhas

the-boy-who-swam-with-piranhasBy: David Almond

Illustrated by: Oliver Jeffers

Stanley Potts lived with his aunt and uncle after his parents had died. His aunt and uncle had been so good to him but then things went really crazy when his uncle started a fish canning business. The craziness didn’t stop, and soon it got all too much for Stanley and he runs away. Stanley joins the fair and works on the hook-a-duck stall. He finds a place and new home, and then he meets Pancho Pirelli, the man who swims with piranhas and Pancho offers him a job.

This is a wonderfully woven tale that simply sweeps you along. Stanley is a boy with a big heart and a gift for dealing with fish. He is willing to do what he has to to survive and in his own way stands up for what he thinks is wrong (even to one of the people he cares most about in the world). The fair is a colourful backdrop to a story of adventure and discovery. The elements of humour and it’s subplot of DAFT give a fairytale feel bad guy to the story. This is a wonderful tale that shows even as a child you are capable of achieving things others say can’t be done. There is something touching here; truth, whimsy and encouragement of a a child’s belief in self.

Highly recommended.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd

Published: 05 September 2013

Format: Paperback 256 pages

Categories: Fiction

ISBN 13: 9781406337464

Purchase: here or use Booktopia link on side of page

 

ALMA Nominees 2012

184 candidates from 66 countries are nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 2012. This was revealed at the Frankfurt Book Fair on Thursday October 13th 2011.

Over one hundred expert organisations from all over the world have nominated the candidates. The recipient or recipients of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced on March 20th 2012.

Here are some of the authors you may be familiar with:

Allan Ahlberg

David Almond

Quentin Blake

Eric Carle

Joy Cowley

Hazel Edwards

Michael Foreman

Neil Gaiman

Morris Gleitzman

Margaret Mahy

Michael Morpurgo

Meg Rosoff

There are of course many other names of authors/illustrators/individuals/organisations who have contributed to children’s literacy and the full list can be found here.

A huge congratulations must go out to all these incredible people and organisations.

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