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by David Almond

  • ISBN: 0340743697
  • Subcategory: Teens
  • Author: David Almond
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder Childrens Book (December 31, 2001)
  • Pages: 208
  • ePub book: 1993 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1531 kb
  • Other: azw docx lrf lit
  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 551

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Secret Heart is a 2001 story by David Almond. It is about a boy, Joe, and his involvement with a circus.

Secret Heart is a 2001 story by David Almond. It is an unforgettable achievement. while the Horn Book wrote "Almond's undeniable gifts unfortunately run away with him in this overwrought, self-indulgent story".

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. David Almond's extraordinary books skirt the edge of fantasy with stories that reveal the magic all around us in everyday life. Joe Maloney is out of place in this world. His mother wants him to be a man, and he can’t be that yet. His only friend. His novels-among them the exquisite Skellig, and the Printz Prize winner Kit's Wilderness-are not for literal-minded kids, but only for those young dreamers who can float with the symbolism and enjoy the fragrance of mysticism.

Secret Heart, David Almond, 0-440-41827-5, Joe's mind is always somewhere else. He doesn't fit in, and everybody laughs at him. Then a tattered circus comes to town, and a tiger comes for him. It leads him out into the night, and nothing in Joe's world is ever the same again. Skellig, David Almond, 0-440-22908-1, Michael feels helpless because of his baby sister's illness, until he meets a creature called Skellig. Before We Were Free, Julia Alvarez, 0-440-23784-X. Under a dictatorship in the Dominican Republic in 1960, you.

He trembled, heart fluttered, muscles twitched. What had he almost heard, what had he almost seen roaming the wasteland further downhill, further away from the light? He crouched and watched. Behind him, the crowd in the tent clapped and jeered. He imagined Hackenschmidt lapping blood from meat in his locked cage. He imagined Corinna spinning, spinning, spinning.

That's what David Almond has produced with this little book about Joe, a dreamer kid who meets a bunch of circus performers when they visit his town

Joe Maloney is out of place in this world  . That's what David Almond has produced with this little book about Joe, a dreamer kid who meets a bunch of circus performers when they visit his town. It's about growing up and deciding who you want to be, and about the existence of magic and bad people, as well as inspirational ones too. I liked the story, but the kind You know when you were a little kid and the world was full of wonder.

David Almond: A writer of visionary, Blakean intensity - The Times. She tells Joe, ‘In the circus there is a secret heart’ – a place of contained wildness where the barriers between the human and animal world are fluid

David Almond: A writer of visionary, Blakean intensity - The Times. She tells Joe, ‘In the circus there is a secret heart’ – a place of contained wildness where the barriers between the human and animal world are fluid. And indeed, Joe’s dreams are already stalked by a tiger, so real that his skin and its pelt begin to feel as one. A sooty darkness permeates the writing, illuminated by sudden bursts of sunlight and the music of skylarks. There is a mystical quality about David Almond’s writing that makes him quite unlike any other author. A powerful story of love, persecution and freedom, it is his best novel to date.

ISBN 10: 0340743697 ISBN 13: 9780340743690. Publisher: Hodder Childrens Book, 2001.

David Almond is twice winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award. His first novel, SKELLIG, won the Whitbread Children's Award and the Carnegie Medal. His second, KIT'S WILDERNESS, won the Smarties Award Silver Medal, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Guardian Award.

Fourteen-year-old Davie and his best friend, Geordie, are altar boys at their local Catholic Church. A captivating new novel from Printz Award winner David Almond. They’re full of mischief, but that all changes when Stephen Rose comes to town. Liam and his friend Max are playing in their neighborhood when the call of a bird leads them out into a field beyond their town. There, they find a baby lying alone atop a pile of stones-with a note pinned to her clothing.

Once again his prose blurs the distinctions between the real and the imagined, and we enter into a world which feels.

Comments

Rageseeker Rageseeker
David Almond's fifth book is a haunting look at an unusual young boy, written beautifully and with fantastic, memorable characters. It occasionally becomes a little confusing and repetitive, but the characterizations are stunning, and overall it's a great read.
Joe Maloney is a dreamer, a shy stutterer whose mother works shifts at a bar and whose father "spun the waltzer at a fair." His teachers want him to study, but he can't. His former friend, Stanny Mole, has fallen in with a ruthless creep called Joff, and wants to show Joe how to kill -- but Joe doesn't want to. And he sees visions of a tiger prowling around, but there are no tigers where he lives.
He makes his way to the circus, which is due to shut down in a few days. There he meets an enormous wrestler, an old woman who sees into people's souls -- and Corinna, an acrobat with whom he shares a mysterious bond. These strange people will help him learn how to find his way around the people who taunt and try to mold him, and about the tiger inside him.
This may be Almond's most confusing book. It starts off in a rather colorless way, except for the interludes where Joe sees the tiger. Almond's stark prose becomes much more flowery halfway through, when Joe meets up with the circus people; it lends itself to a few genuinely nauseating interludes where we see the sort of killing that Joff urges boys to do, claiming that it will make men out of them. But there's no hamhanded moralizing in this book, thankfully. The last third is very surreal, very strange and otherworldly, but those who don't demand a concrete answer for everything in a book will be fine with that. The biggest problem is that at times it gets a little repetitive, with people shouting the same insults after Joe and Corinna, and Joe wondering for the umpteenth time whether Joff is his father.
Joe is likeable from the start, a kid who doesn't really fit anywhere and who feels pressure from all sides to be something he isn't. His patient mother is an almost saintly figure; the circus performers range from the surreal to the everyday, but all are friendly and kind, especially the blind old lady Nanty. Corinna is somewhat like Joe, except more outgoing and less sensitive to the taunts of others. And if there's a villain, it's Joff, a murdering tough who tries to mold boys to be like him, including Joe's friend Stanny (who pretty clearly doesn't believe a word coming out of his own mouth).
This is not a book for everyone -- the boundaries are very hazy and the storyline stretches into fantasy. But it's beautifully written and strangely plotted, and definitely worth the read.
Samut Samut
Once again David Almond writes a story that is at once accessible and profound. Once again his prose blurs the distinctions between the real and the imagined, and we enter into a world which feels real and yet has a hint of the magical about it.

Joe Malone is a loner. He prefers teh open countryside to being cramped in school. He is surrounded by people trying to make him fit with their definition of what a man should be.

When a small and dying circus comes to town, he finds a kindred spirit. In particular he finds someone who understands the reality of his secret heart.

This is not a long book. Had it been longer the adults might be more fleshed out and less inclined to just induce conflict. But the book works as it is, and the conflicts of society's expectations and our own desires, and so much more are all explored here in another wonderful tale by this first rate author.
Ariurin Ariurin
I love books that can be read on several different levels. I imagine a middle school reader could enjoy this book as a coming-of-age story. But it is also a book of great depth and beauty, as represented in one of my favorite quotes: Joe closed his eyes. He felt Nanty's hands cradling his head, and he felt how tender they were. "How can a thing like a head be held within a lady's fingers?" she whispered. "Here's dreams and memories and ancient tales that's being told and told. Here's stars that shine a billion miles away and deep dark caves and forests and Helmouth and teachers and mothers and horns of unicorns and the stripes of tigers. Here's a thing that's bigger than the world and all the worlds there ever was. And look. All held within a tent of tender bone and skin and cradled in a lady's fingers. How can this be so?"
Budar Budar
Misfit Joe Maloney is taunted and teased by his peers. Even his mother comments on his oddness. Destined to remain apart by strange visions no one else can see, Joe is drawn to a ragged circus that suddenly appears at the edge of town. The circus folk are as much at odds with the town folk as Joe is. Intrigued by their strangeness and mystery, Joe sinks into a world where fantasy and illusion meld with and replace reality. Joe is faced with confronting and accepting his differences, and the torture that goes with it, or joining forces with those bent on making a man of him. The juxtaposition of cruelty and compassion in this tale speak to that very nature in each of us.
It would be difficult not to recommend a book by David Almond. His lyrical writing creates fresh perspectives, thought-provoking storylines, and intriguing characterizations. While Secret Heart doesn't capture the heart of the reader with the same intensity of Skellig or Kit's Wilderness, the imagery and beauty of the language is compelling enough to recommend this book.
Fecage Fecage
I read somewhere that we are no longer human beings; we are consumers.
This is not a book for consumers. It's for human beings who have not lost touch with their unique magic, a shamanovel. A magic boy sees more than others; a girl guides in his initiation into self-knowledge. A wise woman, Nanty Solo initiates him into who he really is. A wise man, Hackenschmidt teaches him that manly tenderness lies beneath a fierce exterior. The boy is recognized among the magic people as one of their own, while he is reviled by the "consumers" - children who have lost touch with their unique magic.
Wonderful evocative language takes us with the boy on his journey and initiates us with him.
Everyone can read this book on their own level.
Bravo David Almond