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Me, All Alone, at the End of the World

By M. T. Anderson
Illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

“Gorgeous, complex. . . . A work that requires — and is eminently worthy of — many re-readings.” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A peaceful and contemplative boy lives alone at the End of the World, hunting treasure with old maps and whistling tunes. Until, that is, a self-styled Professional Visionary arrives and puts up a sign: CONSTANTINE SHIMMER'S GALVANO-MAGICAL END OF THE WORLD TOURS. FUN ALL THE TIME! Soon men with machines come to pave a clearing for the inn and theme park, and the touring children seem nice, but still . . . From M. T. Anderson and Kevin Hawkes comes a wistful, wondrous ode to the pleasures of peace and solitude.

  • This reissue of a lesser-know M.T. Anderson backlist title is timed to take advantage of his greater visibility and his solid reputation as a brilliant thinker and talented writer, reinforced by the recent publication of Symphony for the City of the Dead.
  • More than ever, it seems, do children (and their parents) need a reminder like the one found in M.T. Anderson and Kevin Hawkes's parable that the rich rewards of solitude, peace and quiet, simplicity, self-reliance, and unstructured play can be theirs if they would slow down, turn off the gadgets, and step outside.

About the author

M T. Anderson has worked as a DJ, music reviewer and an editorial assistant at a children's publisher before becoming a writer and teacher of creative writing. He is an author of books for children and young adults. His picture books include, Handel Who Knew What He Liked, Strange Mr. Satie, The Serpent Came to Gloucester and Me, All Alone, at the End of the World. His young adult books include, Thirsty, Burger Wuss, the dystopian novel Feed, The Game of Sunken Places and also Whales on Stilts: M.T. Anderson’s Thrilling Tales and its sequel The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosen. His books are highly acclaimed and he has won several awards including, The Michael L. Printz Honor Book for literary excellence in young adult literature (given by the Young Adult Library Services Association) 2007, and the National Book Award for Young People, for The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Volume 1: The Pox Party. Feed was named a 2002 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner, a 2003 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, and a finalist for the 2002 National Book Award and Handel Who Knew What He Liked was a 2002 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About the illustrator

Kevin Hawkes is the illustrator of a number of popular books for children, including Handel, Who Knew What He Liked, Winner of a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and Weslandia for which he was Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He graduated from college with a degree in art and has worked at a bookstore and as a freelance illustrator before becoming a children’s illustrator and writer. His vibrant colours, unusual perspectives and dry sense of humour are all part of his unique signature style. He lives with his family in Maine, USA. His other notable books include, Handel, Who Knew What He Liked and Me, All Alone at the End of the World.

ISBN: 9780763689025
Imprint: Candlewick
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: March 1, 2017
Dimensions: 214 x 241mm, 48pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $19.99
New Zealand RRP: $22.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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