Kit’s wilderness by David Almond
When Kit goes with his family to live in Stoneygate, he discovers that his family history there goes much deeper than he suspects. His family have returned to take care of his aging grandfather, with whom Kit has a strong link. However, his expeditions with new friends, particularly the mysterious and unpleasant Askew, into the wilderness to the ancient coal pit soon introduce him to a new and seemingly deadly game. Kit is awakened to the fact that he is able to “see” children who met with their death in that barren place, many years before, including the elusive “Silky”, who is also known to Grandad. When Askew goes missing, it is Kit who reaches out to his dysfunctional parents, bringing them hope that he will return safely. Only after a bizarre meeting with Askew is Kit able to win his friendship and bring him home to his parents. This story is a senior read, written by David Almond, whose well known book Skellig won the Whitbread Award.