Soonchild

Author(s): Russell Hoban

Young Adult Fiction 14plus

Somewhere in the Arctic Circle, Sixteen-Face John, a shaman, learns that his first child, a soonchild, cannot hear the World Songs from her mother's womb. The World Songs are what inspire all newborns to come out into the world, and John must find them for her. But how?


The answer takes him through many lifetimes and many shape-shifts, as well as encounters with beasts, demons and a mysterious benevolent owl spirit, Ukpika, who is linked to John's past.


Legendary storyteller, Russell Hoban whisks his readers across frozen landscapes, to the edges of cliffs, into tiny rocky crannies, and down into the belly of a great swallowing demon - and has them laughing and weeping by turns along the way. Lyrical illustrator, Alexis Deacon meets the spirit of Hoban's vision head-on, and brilliantly captures the dark magic that lies at the heart of this fable.

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"Hoban is the best sort of genius." Patrick Ness, The Guardian

Russell Hoban is the renowned author of many famous novels, including Turtle Diary (which was made into a film starring Ben Kingsley and Glenda Jackson) and Riddley Walker, which won the John W. Campbell Award for science fiction. He has also written over 50 children's books, including such classics as The Mouse and His Child, Bedtime for Frances, How Tom Beat Captain Najork  and The Sea-Thing Child. Born in Pennsylvania in 1925, he has lived in London since 1969.


Alexis Deacon was born in London in 1978. His first picture book, Slow Loris (2002) was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award. His second, Beegu (2003), was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award and selected by the New York Times as one of the year's best illustrated children's books. In 2008, he was chosen as one of the ten Best New Illustrators as part of the Booktrust's Big Picture Campaign. He lives in London.

General Fields

  • : 9781406329919
  • : Walker Books Ltd
  • : Walker Books Ltd
  • : November 2011
  • : 229mm X 152mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Russell Hoban
  • : Hardback
  • : 4-Dec
  • : Alexis Deacon
  • : 813.54
  • : 12+
  • : 144