Annie Lumsden, the Girl from the Sea

By David Almond
Illustrated by Beatrice Alemagna

A magical story about finding your identity from one of the most acclaimed storytellers of his generation, richly illustrated in full colour by an internationally renowned artist.

My mother says that all things can be turned to tales. I thought she meant tales like fish tails, but I was wrong. She meant tales like this, tales that are stories. But this tale of mine is very like a fish tail too... Annie has never been like the other girls. Her mam tried sending her to school when she was small, but Annie couldn’t seem to make words or numbers stick. She prefers instead to be swimming in the sea, or sunbathing on the shore at Stupor Beach, her head full of tales. She should have been a fish, her mam always tells her, and Annie knows the truth of it. Then a stranger who comes to town is struck by the beauty and the wonder of her, and Annie Lumsden realizes that perhaps she really is half a creature from the sea.

  • A charmingly evocative tale set on the north-west coast of England, with gentle references to dyslexia and being different.
  • A beautifully illustrated full-colour gift edition with jacket, with artwork by celebrated Italian artist Beatrice Alemagna.
  • David Almond is the internationally renowned writer of Skellig, which has sold into over 30 languages and has been made into a film, a stage play and an opera.

About the author

David Almond is the acclaimed author of many award-winning novels for children such as Skellig, Kit's Wilderness and My Name Is Mina, and has collaborated with artists Polly Dunbar, Dave McKean and Oliver Jeffers on fiction for younger readers. David's books sell all over the world, and in 2011 he was the recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. For more info visit:

About the illustrator

Beatrice Alemagna studied at the Graphic School in Urbino, Italy and began her career as a poster artist. She then went on to write and illustrate for children and has now published 30 books, which have been translated widely. Beatrice won the Andersen Prize in 2010 and has been nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award four times; her picture book On a Magical Do-Nothing Day was voted by the New York Times as one of the ten best illustrated children's books of 2017 as well as being awarded the Golden Medal for Original Art by the Society of Illustrators. Beatrice is a native Italian now living in Paris. To find out more info visit:

ISBN: 9781406377590
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: August 1, 2020
Dimensions: 162 x 208mm, 64pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $18.99
New Zealand RRP: $21.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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