Kit's Wilderness Audio Cassette – Audiobook, Unabridged
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Like David Almond's 1998 Whitbread-winning Skellig, this powerful, eerie, elegantly written novel celebrates the magic that is part of our existence--the magic that occurs when we dream at night, the magic that connects us to family long gone, the magic that connects humans to the land, and us all to each other. As Kit's grandfather puts it, "the tales and memories and dreams that keep the world alive."
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Revisiting many of the themes from Skellig, Almond offers another tantalizing blend of human drama, surrealism and allegory. He opens the novel with a triumphant scene, in which Kit Watson, the 13-year-old narrator, and his classmates, John Askew and Allie Keenan reemerge from "ancient darkness into a shining valley," as if to reassure readers throughout the course of the cryptic tale that the game of "Death," so central to the book, is indeed just a game. Nevertheless, he takes readers on a thrilling and spine-tingling ride. When Kit moves with his mother and father to the mining town of Stoneygate to keep company with his newly widowed grandfather, he feels drawn to John Askew who, like Kit, comes from a long line of coal miners. Askew presses Kit to take part in a game of "Death," for which the participants spin a knife to determine whose turn it is to "die." The chosen one then remains alone in the darkness of Askew's den, to join spirits with boys killed in a coal mine accident in 1821. Some regular players consider the game to be make-believe, but Kit senses something far more profound and dangerous, and the connection he forges with the ancient past also circuitously seals a deeper bond with Askew. Allie acts as a bridge between the two worlds, much as Mina was for Michael in Skellig. The ability that Askew, Kit and his grandpa possess to pass between two seductive worlds, here and beyond, in many ways expands on the landscape Almond created in Skellig. The intricacy and complexity of the book's darker themes make it a more challenging read than his previous novel for children, but the structure is as awe-inspiring as the ancient mining tunnels that run beneath Stoneygate. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
When Kit's grandmother dies, Kit and his family move to Stoneygate an old coal-mining town that Kit's family has a history in to take care of his grandfather.
Being the new kid is never easy and Kit hooks up with a group of kids that play a game called "death". It made my skin crawl to think of a group of teenagers in an old mine pit playing a game called death.
Kit is a strong and gifted person and can see ghosts, and Askew is the bad kid Kit has a connection with, for Askew sees the same ghosts, to them the game of death is real and not pretend. Askew is a talented artist, but comes from a rough home and is kicked out of school. Kit has a talent for writing stories and through his stories he is able to help Askew. Askew and Kit have a tumultuous relationship and in the end Kit proves to be the wiser.
Kits problems increase when his grandad becomes ill he goes into moments when he is completly blank and lost in the past.This is worring for Kits family and they know that he will soon die.
The ghost of the past come to haunt Kit, Askew and Grandpa but one of the ghost seems to be more like a gardian angel to Kit, Askew and grandpa.Silky (gardian angel)comforts Grandpa and kit when they go into there living dead moments.
Kit is the central character in the novel, he's very good and kind but he gets drawn to the darkness, for example John Askew and the death game. Askew is quite a frightening figure like a caveman.He is always out walking in the wilderness and wears black all the time.Allthough Askew is frightening he has server family promlems. in the end kit and Askew stay down in the mines all night and there is a frantic search for them! Are they going to be saved or will they stay down in the mines forever!?! I recomend this book to someone who likes an adventure and a mysterious book!!!!
By Sophie Daniels
Kits Wilderness starts of with Kit as he moves into the town of Stonygate to live with his grandpa. He then meets John Askew who introduces him to the game of death. It then all becomes worse for kit as his grandpa becomes ill and has to go to hospital. Then the ghosts of the past come and haunt Kit. Then John Askew runs away and Kit finds him in an abandoned mine where they become blood brothers then they are found and brought back home for a happy ending (But Grandpa Dies!)
Kit is the central charactor in the novel as every thing seems to link to him in one way or another. His friend Askew is also one of the main charactors, he seems a very scary type of person but turns out good in the end. Kits Grandpa is ill in most of the book but he makes the past alive for Kit.
In order i think that frendship, family relationship, the past and death are the most important themes in the novel.
In this book i think that the most exciting part is the story about Lak as i found it very interesting. David Almonds style of writing is very original as he has some very short sentences and some very long ones too.
I would recommend this book to some but not all readers as parts of it become very confusing and mixed up.
Overall a just above average book.
Most recent customer reviews
Original storyline of an abused boy, from a family disintegrating under financial pressures in a mining town where the mine has closed, who is helped by a caring friend who sees... Read morePublished 8 months ago by cleo
Kit's Wilderness is a strange book because it is a bit of a fantacy and an adventure in one. The story starts off when kit moves to stoneygate and he doesn't really know anyone. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
Kits wilderness is a fantasy book with a touch of magic and some adventure, David Almond who has also written books such as Skellig is the author of Kits Wilderness. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
Kits wilderness is one of the wierdest books i've ever read! I don't think it has a storyline or a genre either. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
This book is about a bot who moves to stoney gate,and his life gets turned upside down. He is called Kit Watson and this book is an adventure of him trying to settle into his new... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
This book is is about a boy who moves to Stoneygate, and his life gets turned upsidedown. he is called Kit Watson and the book is an adventure of him trying to settle into his new... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
Kit's wilderness is a great book to read. I think anybody who likes mystery would enjoy this book. There are a lot of characters in this book and they all have different... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
Kit's Wilderness by DAvid Almond is a cross between an adventure and a fantasy book, and is only suitable, I think, for readers who like fantasy as well as adventure not one or the... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2004
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