Skellig, Paperback Book
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The beautiful and haunting novel that launched David Almond as one of the best children's writers of todayWhen a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain.Then, one Sunday afternoon, he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage of his new home, and finds something magical.

A strange creature - part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael's help if he is to survive.

With his new friend Mina, Michael nourishes Skellig back to health, while his baby sister languishes in the hospital.

But Skellig is far more than he at first appears, and as he helps Michael breathe life into his tiny sister, Michael's world changes for ever . . .Skellig won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award and is now a major Sky1 feature film, starring Tim Roth and John Simm.

David Almond is also winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen award.Powerful and moving - The Guardian This newly jacketed edition celebrates 15 years of this multi-award-winning novel.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
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  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9780340944950

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Interesting book.An enjoyable and easy read - as you'd perhaps expect from something aimed at children. The book is a fairly simple and straightforward story - there are no real surprises in the plot itself - of a boy who meets a strange person in the crumbling garage of his new home, the eponymous 'Skellig'.It's written with a child's voice but also has a particular tone to the writing which will either strike you as lyrical or overly stylised depending on how well you're enjoying it. I was mostly in the first camp with a few forays into the second. I'd definitely recommend it to any adult looking for a light charming read or any child with a love of the unusual.

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A couple of years ago when we were planning a holiday to North Yorkshire, Sky One showed an adaptation of David Almond’s book, Skellig. At the time I only half watched it, being slightly preoccupied with booking us a place to stay and planning where it was we wanted to go. So I was quite pleased when I got the chance to see it again, and read the book to boot.Skellig tells the story of a young boy named Michael, who's just moved into a new house with his mother and father and finds a strange homeless man in the garden. At the same time, his baby sister is born and is very ill in hospital. It’s narrated by Michael as he makes friends with his new neighbour, Mina, and they try to work out who, or what, Skellig is.It was a lovely quick read. I managed it in pretty much one sitting. I think it would make a lovely bedtime story or classroom reading book. The chapters aren’t particularly long so even if you came up against a short one, you wouldn’t take too long to read the next one.There was a strong religious theme running through the book. It was hinted that Skellig could be some sort of angel and so some religious aspects were raised. I can imagine that working well as part of a class project. It also seemed kind of fitting that the narrator’s name was Michael.Michael makes a very good narrator. The book sounds like it’s being told in a child’s voice. I like that, sometimes you get a book where the children sound much older than they actually are, but this one fits nicely. The only character who stands out as having an ‘older voice’ is Mina, which fits the character perfectly. I love the character of Mina. She’s so self-assured and precocious. And she’s really smart too. I love the way she and Michael are together.

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A strange and atmospheric novel, full of questions and no answers.

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