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.
He was born in Newcastle and he grew up in a big Catholic family in Felling-on-Tyne. He had four sisters and a brother and lots of relatives in the streets nearby. His dad had been in Burma during the war. He and his mum married in the late 40s. Dad became an office manager in an engineering factory. Mum was a shorthand typist until she had the children. They moved several times
when he was a child, but always within Felling.