The Colour of the Sun

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Published by: Hodder Children's Books


3.63, based on 286 reviews.

Goodreads says:

A darkly twisted detective ghost tale, from the winner of the Guardian Children's Book Prize.Davie travels his small town in search of a supposed murderer. But the landscape soon starts to blur into something dark and twisted.He must make sense of the landscape, if he has any chance of finding answers. The people he encounters on his travels don't seem entirely real either. Then he meets the victim of the murder ... but, is he dead, or alive?

Waterstones says:

Shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards 2018

This is a moving, funny and inspirational novel from the bestselling author of Skellig.

The day is long, the world is wide, you're young and free.

One hot summer morning, Davie steps boldly out of his front door. The world he enters is very familiar - the little Tyneside town that has always been his home - but as the day passes, it becomes ever more mysterious.

A boy has been killed, and Davie thinks he might know who is responsible. He turns away from the gossip and excitement and sets off roaming towards the sunlit hills above the town.

As the day goes on, the real and the imaginary start to merge, and Davie knows that neither he nor his world will ever be the same again.

This an outstanding novel full of warmth and light, from a multi-award-winning author. David Almond says: "I guess it embodies my constant astonishment at being alive in this beautiful, weird, extraordinary world."

Rating breakdown

3.63 out of 5 stars (286 ratings)
5 27% (76 ratings)
4 28% (81 ratings)
3 29% (83 ratings)
2 13% (38 ratings)
1 3% (8 ratings)

About David Almond

David Almond is a British children's writer who has penned several novels, each one to critical acclaim. He was born and raised in Felling and Newcastle in post-industrial North East England and educated at the University of East Anglia. When he was young, he found his love of writing when some short stories of his were published in a local magazine. He started out as an author of adult fiction before finding his niche writing literature for young adults.

His first children's novel, S...
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