David Almond
Michael was looking forward to moving into a new house. But now his baby sister is ill, his parents are frantic, and Doctor Death has come to call. Michael feels helpless. Then he steps into the crumbling garage and encounters a strange being who changes his world forever.


Reviewed: 2020-05-27
This falls into the increasing rare category of children's literature, although it could just as easily be a novella for adults. It's very strange, and I'm not sure how I feel about it, but I am sure that it's quite well written.
Reviewed: 2019-03-05

This story has a unique quality, feeling both timeless and grounded at the same time. It has mystery intertwined with heartbreak, a family confronting the illness of their newborn child. At 10, Michael is old enough to understand but too young to do very much. Though the plot could drive such a story, the characters are what is memorable. Michael's character is relatable and leads but is almost overshadowed by Mina, a character worthy of her own story. 

A book such as this was a classic upon publishing and will be most welcomed in my ESL library. The chapters are quite short, at between 2 and 6 pages, making it more accessible to a second-language reader. The story and characters are engaging for readers of all ages, though it is written as a middle school reader. 

Biblioteca Inglesa de Fortin (English Library of Fortin)

Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz, Mexico

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