by David Almond
“Unhappy about his baby sister’s illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.”
It is quite simply, a beautiful read. I can see why it won the Carnegie Medal. A young boy stumbles upon what is seemingly a homeless man on the verge of death in the basement of the new, yet derelict home he and his family have just moved into.
A fateful encounter soon transpires into a what is a gripping series of events that unfolds with grace. The man is intentionally ambiguous, and best kept that way. Seemingly an angel, plagued with arthritis who demands relief of his pain throughout; this short read is imbued with magical realism. The style of this story will leave you riveted.