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Kit's Wilderness

Kit's Wilderness

by David Almond
"It was very deep, Kit. Very dark. And every one of us was scared of it. As a lad I'd wake up trembling, knowing that as a Watson born in Stoneygate I'd soon be following my ancestors into the pit," so Kit's grandfather tells him. 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 had both worked and died in the mines, Askew invites Kit to join him to play a game called Death. As Kit's grandfather provides stories of the mine's past and the history of the Watson family, the boys search the mines to find the childhood ghosts of their long-gone ancestors. Written in haunting prose and lyrical language, "Kit's Wilderness" explores the bonds of family from one generation to the next, and how from the depths of darkness, meaning and beauty can be revealed.
Ages
11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
5.8
Lexile Measure
470L
DRA
60
Guided Reading
Y
Publisher
Delacorte Press
Number of Pages
240
Genre
General Fiction

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David Almond

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