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The Colour of the Sun by David Almond

The Colour of the Sun

David Almond

4.85 out of 5

4 reviews

Category: Children's
Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
Publication date: 3 May 2018
ISBN: 9781444919554

This is a moving, funny and inspirational novel from the bestselling author of Skellig.

  • The BooksellerBook of the Month
5 stars out of 5
Fiona Noble
16 Feb 2018

"One of his most beautiful novels to date."

Many of Almond's recurrent themes are encapsulated here: life and death, wildness and community, faith, religion and a touch of otherworldly magic. It's a story of light and hope about what it means to be on the cusp of adulthood in a world which never fails to astonish. One of his most beautiful novels to date.

Reviews

  • The Daily TelegraphChildren's Book of the Year
5 stars out of 5
Emily Bearn
19 Nov 2018

"He is that rare thing - a writer of lucid, mature elegance, who can still see the world through adolescent eyes."

Almond never lets his big themes slow the plot - and The Colour of the Sun, told in a trance-like present tense, remains brilliantly suspenseful until the end. In a foreword, the 66-year-old Almond says that the book is about "what excites and mystifies me about the nature of being young". He is that rare thing - a writer of lucid, mature elegance, who can still see the world through adolescent eyes.

  • The Sunday TimesChildren's Book of the Week
5 stars out of 5
Nicolette Jones
19 Nov 2018

"It is lyrical, transcendental and shot through with dialect voices."

This book yearns with nostalgia for the cusp between boyhood and manhood, when feelings are intense, and boys hardly dare express them. Involving warring families and a knifing, it is also about reconciliation and acceptance. It is lyrical, transcendental and shot through with dialect voices.

4 stars out of 5
Book Trust Reviewer
1 May 2018

"a powerful story"

David Almond returns to deliver a powerful story centring around the acceptance of loss of one’s childhood after a parent’s death and the journey towards adulthood, which is portrayed beautifully in this coming-of-age novel.