Heaven Eyes

Heaven Eyes

by David Almond
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Heaven Eyes by David Almond

Erin Law and her friends are Damaged Children. At least that is the label given to them by Maureen, the woman who runs the orphanage that they live in. Damaged, Beyond Repair because they have no parents to take care of them. But Erin knows that if they care for each other they can put up with the psychologists, the social workers, the therapists -- at least most of the time. Sometimes there is nothing left but to run away, to run for freedom. And that is what Erin and two friends do, run away one night downriver on a raft. What they find on their journey is stranger than you can imagine, maybe, and you might not think it's true. But Erin will tell you it is all true. And the proof is a girl named Heaven Eyes, who sees through all the darkness in the world to the joy that lies beneath.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780440229100
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 10/08/2002
Edition description: Reprinted Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,134,475
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

“I grew up in a big extended Catholic family [in the north of England]. I listened to the stories and songs at family parties. I listened to the gossip that filled Dragone’s coffee shop.
I ran with my friends through the open spaces and the narrow lanes. We scared each other with ghost stories told in fragile tents on dark nights. We promised never-ending friendship and whispered of the amazing journeys we’d take together.

I sat with my grandfather in his allotment, held tiny Easter chicks in my hands while he smoked his pipe and the factory sirens wailed and larks yelled high above. I trembled at the images presented to us in church, at the awful threats and glorious promises made by black-clad priests with Irish voices. I scribbled stories and stitched them into little books. I disliked school and loved the library, a little square building in which I dreamed that books with my name on them would stand one day on the shelves.

Skellig, my first children’s novel, came out of the blue, as if it had been waiting a long time to be told. It seemed to write itself. It took six months, was rapidly taken by Hodder Children’s Books and has changed my life. By the time Skellig came out, I’d written my next children’s novel, Kit’s Wilderness. These books are suffused with the landscape and spirit of my own childhood. By looking back into the past, by re-imagining it and blending it with what I see around me now, I found a way to move forward and to become something that I am intensely happy to be: a writer for children.”

David Almond is the winner of the 2001 Michael L. Printz Award forKit’s Wilderness, which has also been named best book of the year by School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly. He has been called "the foremost practitioner in children's literature of magical realism." (Booklist) His first book for young readers, Skellig, is a Printz Honor winner. David Almond lives with his family in Newcastle, England.

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Heaven Eyes 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had borrowed this book from the library so I could read it for fun and leisure, but this book was but one word: horrendous! What kind of book is this?! Through all of those spelling and grammar errors which made it extremely difficult to follow much less read, the book was extremely random and incohesive. I agree with those that said this book was not worth their time. No one should ever have to endure this kind of torture.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book and has such a good ending. The book pulls you through and wants you to learn more about little Heaven Eyes, where the dream world and the real world are the same
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book is wonderful! It is full of things that will help the reader understand it better! I think this book is very emotional in some parts and I advise that 7th grade and higher read it!
Isabella Robinson More than 1 year ago
This book is truly an amzing book full of feeling. It is an amazingly well written book with a beautiful plot.
Avid_Reader101 More than 1 year ago
Well . . . this book was deffinitely different. I liked it. It was different, saying, that the plot was very different. The characters each were different, but had a likeness that drawed them together. Each character, even heaven eyes and grandpa, were the same in some weird way. I would recommend for people who have a GREAT vocabulary. Not because this book is hard but because it has misspelled words, and british language. It is, like ihave said before, DIFFERENT! But i would give it 4 stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well, I must say that Heaven Eyes is certainly different. I bought this book thinking that it was about something totally different then what it really was about. I thought it was pretty good. It wasn't my favorite or the worst, but it was one that I will remember because of its uniqueness. The way some of the characters talked was a new experience. I thought it was written beautifully, and the storyline was one you don't read about too much. The only negative thing I have to say would be that it seemed a little confusing. It ended leaving me with a few questions, it also never stated the character's ages. I am a very visual person, and I couldn't quite picture anything without knowing if they were 11 or 18.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I borrowed heaven eyes from the library because the cover was beautiful and the inside jacket or the back, I forgot it sounded interesting. It had such a bad beggining and it had no plot. After the first chapter I was reading it for the sake of reading. I had to force myself to pick it up and keep my eyes on the page. There was no climax no problem not much of anything. I wouldn't read it unless you can read books with no plots. If I could I wouldn't give it even a star.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gifted Broadway, film and television actress Amanda Plummer brings excitement and drama to her reading of this imaginative tale. Erin and January have run away from the children's home before; they're both adventuresome and brave for ones so young. But this escape takes a frightening turn when they find themselves afloat on a deep, dark river, carried by powerful currents until they find a one-of-a-kind girl called Heaven Eyes. Now, not only does Heaven Eyes have a strange appearance - webbed hands and feet - but, she apparently has the ability to help these children find their place in the world. This is a story of courage, confidence, and comradery, a haunting narrative not easily forgotten.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If I could give half of a star I would. This book was a bitter disappointment. The book looked good when I borrowed it from the library, but it came out to be pointless and nothing was explained at all. It was basically the same for about ten chapters, with nothing new happening. When the 'climax' (I really did not think that there was an actual climax) was reached, the book was as boring as ever. I would not recommend this to anyone unless you like obscure books that make no sense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely book. David Almond gets inside the minds of the children he has created. He writes in such a way that the reader feels that they know the characters. He combines adventure with emotion, and does it perfectly. I stronly recommend that ANYONE shold read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago