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Heaven Eyes (Signature)


Heaven Eyes (Signature)

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    Available in PDF Format | Heaven Eyes (Signature).pdf | English
    David Almond(Author)

Erin, January and Mouse live in a children's home, Whitegates. They often dream of escape, and frequently journey into the outside world. Running away is something they know all about. But this time January builds a raft, and the three of them head precariously down river. Towards the Black Middens. This time they might never come back. When they stumble across a disused factory and its strange inhabitants - Grampa and Heaven Eyes - they wonder if they'll even have the choice. Heaven Eyes is the girl who should have drowned at sea. The mysterious girl desperately searching for her family, hoping that these three might be the family she has lost. She has a secret history only Grampa knows. And does he trust these three invaders enough to tell them? Erin feels a sisterly responsibility for Heaven Eyes, Mouse longs to belong anywhere and anyhow, but January thinks Grampa's a murderer. Whatever happens, all three have a part to play. . .

A stunning novel from the author of the modern children's classic Skellig - winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. David Almond is also winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen award.

"We come into the world out of the dark. We haven't a clue where we come from. We've no idea where we are going. But while we're here in the world, if we're brave enough, we¹ll flap our wings and fly".

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  • PDF | 224 pages
  • David Almond(Author)
  • Hodder Children's Books (1 Nov. 2007)
  • English
  • 8
  • Children's Books
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  • By The Average Customer on 2 February 2015

    I remember reading this when I was 11 years old when I was in Primary school.I loved this book the first time I read it, and although I read my childhood books a little differently to how I used to, I still loved this book. It's still as good as I remember it.This is a great book and can recommend it all children under 12, and all those re-reading. It's still just as magical.

  • By M. Archbold on 11 March 2010

    Another cracker from Mr Almond; atmospheric and compulsive reading. Wonderfully drawn characters and intriguing plot ensure this will be a favourite for years to come.

  • By G. Munday on 16 September 2008

    Arguably a bleak story that gradually forges itself into one of hope. Heaven Eyes follows a girl called Erin and her frequently emotional search for love and belonging, whilst still painfully dreaming that her mother will return. She is a child that hides her heart, in fear of it being torn again and is full of resentment for she is all too aware of her faults and loneliness. Stuck in an orphanage that is cold and materialistic, Erin decides to escape the clutches of the institution with her friend January Carr. With an uninvited companion for the road (the aptly named Mouse Gullane), the three children decide that the best means of escape is to build a raft and set off down the River Tyne. But once they drift further downstream, the raft gets bogged down into a stretch of marshland called the `Black Middens'. When the boards break and they are facing imminent death, a curious girl with webbed hands, palest of complexions and strange speech rescues them. Whilst in the company of the girl called `Heaven Eyes', the children cannot decide whether she is a sort of ghost, a child with unique eccentricities, or what she herself describes as a `fishy froggy thing'. Regardless of what Heaven Eyes actually is, it is clear to them that they must find a way off the forever dark lands of the Black Middens and away from the Grandfather, who holds an instant mistrust towards the three runaways that came from The Outside.This novel is a delicate, and beautiful piece with a Gothic air to its content. Suitable for higher Key Stage 2 readers that are looking for something a little different, predictable formulae such as three children escaping from an orphanage is given a strange turn that is specific to only David Almond's writing. The backbone of the story can be used to tackle PSHE issues and to highlight ethnic and cultural issues, as well as highlighting the importance of social interaction and acceptance. Above all, the book emphasises the importance of solidarity between friends and to avoid labelling people for what they look like or the different ways they may approach a task.`Heaven Eyes' is an elemental book. In the way that `Once' is dominated by fire (burning of the books and buildings by Nazis, the various pain described and witnessed by the main character) and earth (the struggle on the dusty roads, dirty vehicles, etc), this book holds constant reference to Water. This unlikely theme could then become the basis for discussion (i.e. `what do we mean by this statement?' `What do you think are the themes to the book Heave Eyes?'). There are also links to Science, where controlled experiments could replicate Erin's adventures (making a miniature Black Middens, constructing a raft/discussing what things float the best and looking into evolution and mutation).

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