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  • Published: 2 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780857560902
  • Imprint: David Fickling Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $27.99

The Ransom of Dond




A previously unseen story by acclaimed, multi award-winning author, Siobhan Dowd, with exquisite artwork by Pam Smy.

Siobhan Dowd gave us four extraordinary novels before she died in 2007. This is her last story, a final gift to those who know and love her work, and a glittering invitation to those who have yet to discover it. Siobhan draws us irresistibly into Darra’s tiny emerald island world, lashed by white-tipped waves, at the mercy of the dark god, Dond. Only the truth and a mother’s kiss can set them free. This is a tale to be treasured, a haunting tale of love and fate and truth. Pam Smy’s beautiful two-colour drawings announce her as a leading children's illustrator and the astonishing blend of words and pictures takes us all into that timeless world of story. The Ransom of Dond comes to us like a gift from the past.

  • Published: 2 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780857560902
  • Imprint: David Fickling Books
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $27.99

About the author

Siobhan Dowd

Siobhan Dowd lived in Oxford with her husband, Geoff, before tragically dying from cancer in August 2007, aged 47. She was both an extraordinary writer and an extraordinary person.

Siobhan's first novel, A Swift Pure Cry, won the Branford Boase Award and the Eilis Dillon Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal and Booktrust Teenage Prize.

Her second novel, The London Eye Mystery, won the 2007 NASEN & TES Special Educational Needs Children's Book Award. In March 2008, the book was shortlisted for the prestigious Children's Books Ireland Bisto Awards.

Siobhan's third novel, Bog Child, was the first book to be posthumously awarded the Carnegie Medal in 2008.

The award-winning novel A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness was based on an idea of Siobhan's. Her novella, The Ransom of Dond, was published in 2013, illustrated throughout by Pam Smy.

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Praise for The Ransom of Dond

Embraces the magic of myths, with animal transformations and transporting dreams. Movingly, it is above all about the power of a mother's love and how much anyone facing death would want to live

Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times

This new title, in its elegance, wisdom and lyricism, provides a poignant coda to Siobhan Dowd's earlier achievements

Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times

A beautiful, mystical fable for our time . . . The Ransom of Dond is a book to be read aloud or alone. It provides a marvellous opportunity for storytelling and discussion

Clare Morpurgo, The School Librarian

One of the most attractively produced works of junior fiction

Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times

One of the most attractively produced works of junior fiction

Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times

This new title, in its elegance, wisdom and lyricism, provides a poignant coda to [her] earlier achievements.

Robert Dunbar, The Irish Times

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