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Skellig

Narrated by: David Almond
Series: Skellig, Book 1
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 8-10
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Summary

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

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Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!

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).

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Beautiful

Beautiful book. An unusual story with parts to make you laugh, cry and wonder. I am sixty years old and I loved this book to bits.

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Loved it!

I loved this book and loved David Almond's reading of it, gasping out loud in a coffee shop as the story drew to a close. I loved reading as a child but struggle to relax with a book since having my own children and having a long commute; I fall asleep instead! I'd heard of Skellig but didn't know anything about it. I read a David Almond book on a course last year and loved it. I loved the humour and the tone. I decided to treat myself to Audible and am finally getting to enjoy the books I desperately want to read.

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a wonderful book, so glad i found it

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.

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Still amazing

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!

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A super read for adults and junior children!

Imaginative and inspirational, David Almond captures the wonder of a mysterious encounter with an extraordinary creature.

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Not just for kids

This book is for all ages not just kids a bloody good read for all ages

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Great story

Really great story, we loved it especially the connection between the boy and his baby sister.

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Excellent listen

reading it with year 7 pupils in school they love it can't wait for next part. on last few pages with them would recommend.

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a lovely classic, beautifully read by the author.

a touching reflection on the fragility of life from the point of view of a young boy. just lovely.