Jackdaw Summer

David Almond

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Hodder Children's Books


Every summer Liam and Max roam the wild countryside of Northumberland - but this year things are different. One hot summer's day a jackdaw leads the two boys into an ancient farm house where they find a baby, wrapped in a blanket, with a scribbled note pinned to it: PLESE LOOK AFTER HER RITE. THIS IS A CHILDE OF GOD.

And so begins Jackdaw Summer. A summer when friendships are tested. A summer when lines between good and bad are blurred. A summer that Liam will never forget...

A stunning novel from the author of the modern children's classic Skellig - winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. David Almond is also winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen award.

In the media
Thought-provoking... poetic. (The Sunday Times' 100 Best Children's Books)

The Sunday Times

A rich and satisfying tale of lives turned around...sharp and snappy as well as thoughtful.

The Observer

This gripping novel, beautifully crafted, is David Almond writing at the top of his game. Readers will be thinking and talking about it long after they've finished reading.


An outstanding novel, truly a challenging and thought-provoking read.

Books Quarterly