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Summary

Imagine you wrote a story and it came true. That is exactly what happens to Blue Baker who writes a story about a savage living alone in the woods near his home. After his dad’s death, Blue finds comfort in dreaming of this strange wild kid. But when the savage pays a visit to the local bully, boundaries become blurred and Blue begins to wonder where he ends and the savage begins.

©2008 David Almond (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"There really is nobody quite like Almond writing in children's or adult's fiction today." ( The Times)

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It’s an interesting book and the scary parts are exciting. It can make you feel emotional. The narrator helped to visualise the story. When will Savage 2 be released?

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Rugged magical realism

Great story, very well read by Malcolm Hamilton. About a young boy dealing with the loss of his father and finding an outlet in his story, which comes to life. The audiobook contains a few mild swear words which are asterisked out in the print version. David Almond, again, cleverly weaves together mundane reality with the fantastical to create a very interesting shot story. I recommend the illustrated copy also as Dave McKean's pictures are amazing.

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ambiguous heart.

I felt moved and heart sore for the main character. it's a special book for young people to think about loss and the grieving process. but I believe it's best given to a child who has not lost a loved one yet.