What is this book about?
Thirteen year old Kit moves to Stoneygate to take care of his grandfather who has Alzheimers. Kit’s grandfather has many stories about the harsh coal mining days and the disasters that were part of his youth. Kit becomes friends with bubbly Allie Keenan and also a shadowy boy named John Askew. Kit is drawn into playing Askew’s dark and dangerous game called “Death” where they re-enact the death of the children in the coal mines. The game changes Kit, as he struggles to cling to the belief that there is a goodness in everyone.
Eerie..is it all dark?
Author David, brings the opposing forces of light into dark for an unputdownable gripping story about the bravery of children. He leaves us with the hope that in the end, goodness wins.
Themes and Styles
Written in lyrical prose, the story weaves-in opposing themes - light and dark, life and death, remembering and forgetting, to tell the story of the importance of relationships.
It won the Michael L. Printz Award and was nominated for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, and the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize