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It seems fated that 13-year-old Christopher Watson, nicknamed Kit, would move to Stoneygate, an old English coal-mining village where his ancestors lived, worked, and died. Evidence of the ancient coal pit is everywhere--depressions in the gardens, jagged cracks in the roadways, in his grandfather's old mining songs. A monument in the St. Thomas graveyard bears the name of child workers killed in the Stoneygate pit disaster of 1821, including Kit's own name--Christopher Watson, aged 13--the name of a distant uncle. At the top of this high, narrow pyramid-shaped monument is the name John Askew, the same name of Kit's classmate who takes the connection between this monument and life--and death--very seriously.
The drama unfolds as the haunted, hulking, dark-eyed John Askew draws Kit and other classmates into the game of Death, a spin-the-knife, pretend-to-die game that he hosts in a deep hole dug in the earth, with candles, bones, and carved pictures of the children of the old families of Stoneygate. Kit the writer and Askew the artist belong together, Askew keeps telling him. "Your stories is like my drawings, Kit. They take you back deep into the dark and show it lives within us still.... You see it, don't you? You're starting to see that you and me is just the same." Are they, though?
Kit's Wilderness conjures a world where the past is alive in the present and creeps into the future--a world where ancestral ghosts and even the slow-changing geology of the landscape are as tangible as lunch. Powerful images of darkness exploding into "lovely lovely light" filter throughout the story, as Almond boldly explores the dark side and unearths a joyful message of redemption. (Ages 11 and much, much older) --Karin Snelson
Kept me very intrigued. Loved the entire book, made you think about people you know personally. I highly recommend for a quick thought provoking book.Published 12 days ago by coolie
It’s been a long time since I have read a book as unique in plot and style as Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond. Read morePublished 10 months ago by NebraskaIcebergs
My 12 year old son's favourite book receives an excellent reading. Prompt delivery as well. If you like the book, you will love this reading.Published 10 months ago by Peter Halliday
I remember reading this book back years and years ago...it's one of those books that just stands out in your memory. Read morePublished 15 months ago by B.A.Dunker
i read this book with my english class. normally the book we read in english raerly are good excitng or i just plane hate it. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kat
I had to read this partially in Literature class when I was a High School freshman, and let me tell you, I hate this stupid book! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tiger100M
In this story set in a quiet rural coal-mining town, a 13-year-old boy named Christopher "Kit" Watson arrives with his parents in order to provide care and companionship for his... Read morePublished on April 13, 2012 by Julee Rudolf
Kit's Wilderness is not your typical ghost story. Actually, whether or not to classify it as a horror story depends on how vivid the reader's imagination is. Read morePublished on February 7, 2012 by TheMsKungfu
This story is beautifully written. David Almond's use of language, his characterisations, and his blend of magic and a hard realism rooted in rugged and historic Northumbria gives... Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by Sir Furboy