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เด็กตาทิพย์ : Heaven Eyes David Almond

เด็กตาทิพย์ : Heaven Eyes

David Almond

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British author David Almond is on a roll. His first book for young readers, Skellig, won a prestigious 2000 Michael L. Printz Honor award, and his second, Kits Wilderness, won the Printz outright in 2001. Now comes a third, Heaven Eyes, whichMoreBritish author David Almond is on a roll. His first book for young readers, Skellig, won a prestigious 2000 Michael L. Printz Honor award, and his second, Kits Wilderness, won the Printz outright in 2001. Now comes a third, Heaven Eyes, which features a series of haunting, sepia-toned landscapes and a young narrator (an orphan) named Erin Law. One night, Erin and her friends January Carr and Mouse Gullane flee from the orphanage, sailing down the moonlit river on a makeshift raft. As they are dragged into the mighty current, Januarys eyes are wild with joy. Freedom, he whispered. Freedom, Erin! Before they know it, however, the three adventurers run aground in sticky, oily, stinking, quicksand-like mud--the Black Middens. There they are greeted by a moon-eyed, diaphanous girl named Heaven Eyes, who speaks strangely and insists they are her long-lost sister and brothers, albeit all filthy as filthy.She leads them back to her bizarre, broken world of abandoned printing works and warehouses full of tinned food and chocolates. Her sole companion is Grampa, who is straggly haired and just plain scary. Cocking a wary eye at the three visitors, he scribbles in his book: Mebbe theyre ghosts. Mebbe theyre devils sent from hell or angels sent from heaven. Despite Grampas frightening demeanor, however, Erin is completely taken by the guileless Heaven Eyes and the idea of being her bestest friend. The sweet, simple Mouse soon relishes his role as Grampas Little Helper, digging treasures out of the inky mud night after night. January, however, bitterly resents his oer-hasty loss of freedom, sacrificed to a crazy world of bloody freaks. Almonds choreography is masterful, and as the four children dance about each other we learn what, at the core, makes each of their young hearts beat faster.As always, Almond shows us a world where the joy and terror of being alive coexist. What is real, what is imagined, what is remembered, and what is dreamed, all fuse together--and however dark his tales, he manages to tell stories infused with both hope and persistent, persuasive love. (Ages 10 and older) --Karin Snelson