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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
strange story. well written but left me scratching my head. was it real or was it teen fantasy?Published 7 months ago by V. E. Olson
Loved this story of history and belonging, of place and growing up to understand our place in the world. Truly atmospheric and great writing.Published 7 months ago by M. Michael
It is a good book for a beginner. The plot is simple to follow. This isn't one of those page turning novels like the Hunger Games, but it's a good coming of age story that in... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Selsa
An engaging and thoughtful novel, about an adolescent's perceptions of death and past lives.Published 13 months ago by Chloe T.
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 15 months 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 on October 27, 2013 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 on October 14, 2013 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 on May 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer