Secret Heart (Google eBook)

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Random House Children's Books, Jan 16, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 224 pages
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Joe Maloney is out of place in this world. His mother wants him to be a man, and he can’t be that yet. His only friend, Stanny Mole, wants to teach him how to kill, and Joe can’t learn that. Joe’s mind is always somewhere else: on the weird creatures he sees in the distant sky, the songs he hears in the air around him, the vibrations of life he feels everywhere. Everybody laughs at Joe Maloney.

And then a tattered circus comes to town, and a tiger comes for him. It leads him out into the night, and nothing in Joe Maloney’s world is ever the same again.

The transformative power of imagination and beauty flows through this story of a boy who walks where others wouldn’t dare to go, a boy with the heart of a tiger, an unlikely hero who knows that sometimes the most important things are the most mysterious.


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User Review  - Tasia - Goodreads

I guess I didn't get it. (view spoiler)[ It started off with a good premise, but as it went on… I suppose it wasn't my style. The plot is thin-- Joe has to bring the spirit of the tiger into the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Stephanie A. - Goodreads

I like beautiful writing as much as the next person, but this story had no plot! At least, not one that I understood. I was so confused. About everything. Read full review

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Contents

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Seventeen
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QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION
A CONVERSATION WITH DAVID ALMOND
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
RELATED TITLES
READERS CIRCLE BOOKS
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

David Almond grew up in a large family in northeastern England and says, “The place and the people have given me many of my stories.” He worked as a postman, a brush salesman, an editor, and a teacher, but began to write seriously after he finished college. His first novel for children, Skellig, was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book and an ALA Notable Book and appeared on many best book of the year lists. His second novel, Kit’s Wilderness, won the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature for young adults. David Almond lives in Newcastle, England, with his partner and their daughter.


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