When 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 forever....
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.
©2013 David Almond (P)2013 Hachette Children's Books
Just because I'm an adult doesn't mean I should stop reading like a child :-)
I LOVE this story and I have only recently found it again. I remember reading it in school and then getting the audio cassette and listening to it going to sleep. David Almond has a true gift for writing and reading, his accent lending this story reality. This story also got me hooked on William Blake's 'Tiger Tiger'. I STRONGLY recommend to everyone over 8 years (may be a little deep for younger children).
This is one of those books that i regret not reading when i was younger. I loved every part if it. even the emotionally difficult parts. its very down to earth as well as being Extraordinary. Shows life as it is, with real people, and their reactions.
I first heard this when I was probably 10 years old. I am now 26 and this still is one the best things I have ever read. Having listened to 'My name is Mina, it felt appropriate to continue on with Skellig immediately after. Great decision both amazing, both extraordinary!
Imaginative and inspirational, David Almond captures the wonder of a mysterious encounter with an extraordinary creature.
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