The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas

By David Almond; Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
(Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763661694, 230pp.)

Publication Date: August 6, 2013

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Description
A boy escapes home to seek his own way in the world in a whimsical new outing by the award-winning David Almond, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.
Stanley Potts's uncle Ernie has developed an over-the-top fascination with canning fish in the house, and life at 69 Fish Quay Lane has turned barmy. But there's darkness in the madness, and when Uncle Ernie's obsession takes an unexpectedly cruel turn, Stan has no choice but to leave. As he journeys away from the life he's always known, he mingles with a carnival full of eccentric characters and meets the legendary Pancho Pirelli, the man who swims in a tank full of perilous piranhas. Will Stan be bold enough to dive in the churning waters himself and choose his own destiny?



About the Author
David Almond has received several major international awards, including a Hans Christian Andersen Award, a Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, an Eleanor Farjeon Award, and a Michael L. Printz Award. He is known worldwide as the author of Skellig, Clay, and many other novels, stories, and plays. With Candlewick, he is the author of The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, as well as The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers; The Savage, Slog s Dad, and Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, all illustrated by Dave McKean; and My Dad s a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon, both illustrated by Polly Dunbar. David Almond lives in England with his family.

Oliver Jeffers is a highly acclaimed talent in picture books. He graduated from The University of Ulster in 2001 with First Class honours and has since exhibited his paintings around the world. His outstanding talent has already been recognised by several high-profile awards, including the Nestle Children's Book Prize Gold Award, the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Irish Children's Book of the Year.
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