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Skellig

Skellig

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 for ever . . .
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Genre: Children's, Teenage & Educational / Children's / Teenage Fiction & True Stories / Fantasy & Magical Realism (children's

On Sale: 13th November 2003

Price: £7.99

ISBN-13: 9780340854334

Reviews

A beautiful story which will enchant young and old alike
Western Morning News
Acclaim for WILD GIRL, WILD BOY: 'Touching, beautifully focused.'
THE STAGE
The book I wish I'd written is Skellig by David Almond. Almond's book has a great sense of the mysterious; we are left with a sense of wonder. I wish that I had written it!
Joseph Delaney, Books For Keeps
A stunning debut ... an extraordinary book.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
This modern classic has been reissued in a beautiful 15th anniversary edition
Lorna Bradbury, The Sunday Telegraph
An exquisite book
The Sunday Telegraph
Gripping, beautiful and brilliantly written ... everyone is raving about this unforgettable book.
THE SUNDAY TIMES
Humorous, heart-stopping and haunting...an emotional roller-coaster of a read with a cliff-hanger of a conclusion. Inspired and inspiring.
Newcastle Journal
Voted Carnegie Medal's Number one Top Book of the past 70 years
The Times
Refusing to read this book on the grounds that you are not a child makes as much sense as refusing to read crime fiction because you are not a criminal. A deep and lovely book.
Nick Hornby, The Times
I can't eat a chinese takeaway without thinking about this strange and beautiful book about an angel who seems to have lost his way.
Gill Harvey, The Big Issue
Powerful and moving
Guardian.co.uk
A bookshelf essential.
The Guardian
Tense and involving ... something not to miss.
THE INDEPENDENT
Lyrical, innovative and unforgettably moving.
Sunday Express (Cressida Cowell)
Acclaim for SKELLIG (the story): 'Tremendously innovative, highly original and very moving. David Almond is a fascinating new voice.'
MELVIN BURGESS
The sort of children's book that makes adults find excuses to read more of them
Times Educational Supplement
Brings Magical Realism to working-class Northeast England
i (The Independent)
Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange, hugely readable and life-affirming tale exercises every muscle of the imagination
The Guardian
A visionary story...a lyrical, magical kind of book which can be read on many different levels
The Daily Mail
An exquisitely crafted book with a mystical core
The Daily Telegraph
Hard to put down
Liz Lightfoot, The Daily Telegraph
Lyrical, innovative and moving...unforgettably moving
Cressida Cowell, Sunday Express
This is a story which burns bright from first to last, and for long after the last is over.
MICHAEL MORPURGO
Deservedly popular
The Observer
A modern classic Listed as on the of the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels)
The Daily Telegraph
One of those books that you can't put down
Junior Reviewer Conor Neison, aged 12, Evening Echo (Cork)
A story full of heart and magic and big confusing emotions, elegantly told by a master craftsman. A perfect piece of art
Lucy Christopher, Big Issue (london)
Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange, hugely readable and life-affirming tale exercises every muscle of the imagination.
THE GUARDIAN