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The Dam

Written by David Almond

Illustrated by Levi Pinfold

Part of the Walker Studio Series

Key Stage 1 General Fiction

LoveReading View on The Dam

Longlisted for the UKLA Book Awards 2020 | Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2020

On the day before the valley is to be flooded to form a reservoir, a girl and her father play and dance in the deserted houses, remembering the people who have lived there.  This is an exquisite book in which words and pictures interweave to evoke wild beauty and a deep mystery. You’ll want to want to keep this one for ever.


The Dam Synopsis

A lyrical, captivating and beautiful picture book by Carnegie Medal-winner David Almond, illustrated by Kate Greenaway Medal-winner Levi Pinfold.

When a great dam was built by the Kielder Water in Northumberland, the valley below slowly filled with water. But just before this, when the villagers had been moved out, two musicians went back to the abandoned valley. They tore down the boards over the houses, stepped inside and started to play - for this would be the last time that music would be heard in this place.

In this astonishing picture book that combines themes of loss, hope and music David Almond pays homage to all musicians, showing the ancient and unstoppable power of creativity.

The Dam Press Reviews

The artwork is remarkable - each page full of atmosphere and deep emotion. A triumph. - The Irish Independent

A book to pore over and return to again and again. - Carousel Christmas Guide 2018

Mesmerising. Classic Almond territory - Angels and Urchins

It can be read to your child in five minutes, but it's likely to leave them pondering for days. - The Big Issue

Both brooding and enchanting... - The Financial Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9781406386035
Publication date: 1st August 2019
Author: David Almond
Illustrator: Levi Pinfold
Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: General Fiction

About David Almond

David Almond was our Guest Editor in September 2011 CLICK HERE to see his choices. David Almond is the acclaimed author of many award-winning novels for children such as Skellig, Kit's Wilderness and My Name Is Mina, and has collaborated with artists Polly Dunbar, Dave McKean and Oliver Jeffers on fiction for younger readers. David's books sell all over the world, and in 2011 he was the recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in Hexham, Northumberland. Click here to read more information about the author. Julia Eccleshare on David Almond: One of the best-loved and finest writers of ...

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