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Bone Music

Written by David Almond

Key Stage 3 Adventure Stories Ecological and Environmental Interest - Fiction Family / Home Stories

LoveReading View on Bone Music

This wonderful tale transports the reader from the city to the forests and fells of Northern England

This is a book of hope and joy - a book that celebrates humanity and explores the deep connections between ourselves and nature. It is timely and original. It speaks to young people about what it really is to be a human being alive today.


More About This Book

David Almond says: ‘This book is really important to me. At times it seemed to flow through me like music. I felt very close to the shy and rebellious Sylvia Carr as she stepped boldly into the darkness of the forest and of the past. The book is set within the wild and extraordinary landscapes of Northumberland, which in many ways form the geography of my imagination. All stories are acts of hope and of re-creation, moves against the forces of destruction that surround us all. Bone Music is an optimistic book for young people, written in the belief that together we can create a better world.’

Bone Music Synopsis

Under a boundless starry sky, the unforgettable Sylvia Carr reconnects with the ancient past and discovers what it really means to be young in the world today. Sylvia, brave hearted and rebellious, moves into wild Northumberland from the city of Newcastle.

She feels alien in this huge, silent, seemingly empty landscape, but then she meets Gabriel, a strange yet familiar boy. As they roam the forests and fells together, she sees nature with new eyes. She becomes aware that the past is all around her, and is deep inside herself. From the wing of a dead buzzard, they create a hollow bone - the kind of flute that was created and used in rituals in the distant past. 

Bone Music Reader Reviews

In addition to our LoveReading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

Like nothing else I have ever read. Lyrical and poignant, ‘Bone Music’ is hauntingly beautiful and original. Full review

Sue Wilsher (Teacher Reviewer)

Bone Music Press Reviews

A breathtakingly beautiful and lyrical novel - The Bookseller

Spell-binding... impossible to resist... breathless, intoxicating prose. [Almond's] books seem to exist in their own otherworldly universe, outside all the trends in modern publishing, yet resolutely of the now. The Glasgow Herald

David Almond's books are strange, unsettling wild things - unfettered by the normal constraints of children's literature. They are, like all great literature, beyond classification. The Guardian

[David Almond] is that rare thing - a writer of lucid, mature elegance, who can still see the world through adolescent eyes. The Daily Telegraph

A writer of visionary Blakean intensity. The Times

A master storyteller. The Independent

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444952919
Publication date: 1st April 2021
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 208 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: Adventure Stories, Ecological and Environmental, Family / Home Stories

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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