The Colour of the Sun10-12 years
A darkly twisted detective ghost tale, from the winner of the Guardian Children's Book Prize.
Davie travels his small town in search of a supposed murderer. But the landscape soon starts to blur into something dark and twisted.
He must make sense of the landscape, if he has any chance of finding answers. The people he encounters on his travels don't seem entirely real either. Then he meets the victim of the murder ... but, is he dead, or alive?
The book explores liminal spaces: the edgelands between child and adult, being and seeming, life and death and the human and natural worlds.
brilliantly suspenseful until the end...He [David Almond] is that rare thing - a writer of lucid, mature elegance, who can still see the world through adolescent eyes.
Emily Bearn, The Daily Telegraph
David Almond at his finest...this is a lyrical and moving story about a boy on the cusp of manhood...There is a touching innocence to this book and a warmth that glows from every page.
Beth Goodyear, The Scotsman