Savage, The by David Almond, Dave McKean (group set, 7 books)

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Imagine you wrote a story and that story came true. This is exactly what happens to Blue Baker when he writes about a savage living alone in the woods near his home. After his dad's death, Blue finds comfort in dreaming of a wild kid who survives on a diet of berries and the occasional hapless passer-by. But when the savage pays a night-time visit to the local bully, boundaries become blurred and Blue begins to wonder where he ends and the savage begins.

  • free discussion guide on this website
  • part prose fiction, part graphic novel
  • themes bereavement, bullying, revenge, redemption
  • 80 pages

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The Savage discussion guide

Discussion Points

Before Reading

Ask the children:

What do you know about graphic novels and comics? How are they structured?

Then ask some initial questions about the book based on the front cover:

Start by asking the children to make a list of everything they can see on the front cover.

Who do they think the story will appeal to?

Who do they think the book is aimed at? Why?

Does the front cover make you want to read the story? Why? Why not?

Look at the blurb and invite initial responses and ideas?

Ask the children to create a semantic map by noting down as many words associated with ‘loss’  as they can think of and then finding common connections between them.

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