Joe Quinn's Poltergeist

By: David Almond

Illustrator: Dave McKean

Joe Quinn has been telling everyone about the poltergeist in his house, but no one believes him. No one, that is, except Davie. Davie’s felt the inexplicable presence in the Quinns’ house and seen random objects fly through the air. And there’s something else…a memory of Davie’s beloved sister and a feeling deep down that it might just be possible for ghosts to exist. Full of thoughts of hauntings and grief and God, Davie hovers on a precipice of uncertainty and possibility, a space that storyteller David Almond occupies comfortably and returns to again and again — here paired once more with the dynamic, dreamlike mixed-media art of Dave McKean.

Introduction. Full-color mixed-media illustrations.

ISBN: 9781536201604

JLG Release: Nov 2019


Sensitive Areas: Mild language, Underage drinking, Underage smoking
Topics: Ghosts , Families , Grief , Death , Religious questioning , Small towns , England , Paranormal

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Almond and McKean’s latest graphic collaboration, based on a previously published story by Almond, centers on Davie, a teenager living in a small English village, whose dull summer is disrupted when the obnoxious Joe Quinn claims to have a poltergeist at his house. Rumors about the Quinns abound—that Joe’s father is a hit man and his mother i Almond and McKean’s latest graphic collaboration, based on a previously published story by Almond, centers on Davie, a teenager living in a small English village, whose dull summer is disrupted when the obnoxious Joe Quinn claims to have a poltergeist at his house. Rumors about the Quinns abound—that Joe’s father is a hit man and his mother is a Rolling Stones groupie. At the Quinn house, Davie witnesses dishes taking flight and breaking as he becomes involved in the family’s domestic dramas. As Davie struggles to determine if the poltergeist is real, he must also come to terms with the death of his sister, his impending adulthood, and the realization that adults are often as clueless as children. The connection between adolescence and poltergeist activity is not new territory, but this book offers a fresh take on the subject, in large part thanks to McKean, whose mixed-media illustrations evoke the kinetic energy of supernatural activity and teenage angst. Most of the art is full page, but when McKean uses panels, they mirror Davie’s confusion. Deftly exploring each sides of a seemingly supernatural scenario, Almond once again creates compelling characters torn between facts and beliefs in their search for the truth. ­A visual delight and a witty approach to those adolescent moments that push past the boundaries of the rational world.

Book Details

ISBN

9781536201604

First Release

November 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

7 x 8 1/2

Page Count

80

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

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Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Candlewick

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language, Underage drinking, Underage smoking

Topics

Ghosts, Families, Grief, Death, Religious questioning, Small towns, England, Paranormal,

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