Review: Kit's Wilderness By: David Almond

Hello Guys! 

I have finally finished a book worthy of reviewing on my blog, I know it has been sporadic with the reviews lately; however I am in University and finding the time to read has been harder than I thought. Every bookworms nightmare, however this stunning book is worthy of the Empire's Review and everyones time too.


  • Death 
  • Family
  • History
  • Friendship

Plot: "The Watson family moves to Stoneygate, an old coal-mining town, to care for Kit’s recently widowed grandfather. When Kit meets John Askew, another boy whose family has both worked and died in the mines, Askew invites Kit to join him in playing a game called Death. As Kit’s grandfather tells him stories of the mine’s past and the history of the Watson family, Askew takes Kit into the mines, where the boys look to find the childhood ghosts of their long-gone ancestors. Written in haunting, lyrical prose,Kit’s Wilderness examines the bonds of family from one generation to the next, and explores how meaning and beauty can be revealed from the depths of darkness."(

Kit: He is the main character. A new kid in a town where his family has deep ties with. Coming into a "new" town is not always easy, but Kits outgoing personality and generally good nature has him making friends soon after he arrives to Stoneygate. His friends play a game called death,making the air to this book even more creepy.
Askew: The loner who sees the past and pays attention to his surrounding world. He is a true artist at heart, making drawings for the stories Kit tells on a daily basis. In the end Askew is the portrait of what you would want in a friend.
Allie: "The wonderful little Badlass" Allie is a friend, and most importantly an actress who wishes to grace the stages of the world. She is bubling with the nectar of life and is pure brilliance!
Grandpa: The Joyous old man who remembers his childhood and those who were in it even though most are dead and gone. Loving, Sick, shares the history of the town.

Writiing: Haunting,  beautiful, and eerie when heard in audio format...

Quote: "'One day,' he wispered,'I wont be here anymore. You know that, Kit. But I'll live on inside of you...'"(Almond 221).

Thoughts After finishing
  • Life is short, live it to the potential
  • History is all around
  • The past is worth remembering
  • Friends like these only come once in a lifetime!

Rating: *****/*****


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