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Skellig

Skellig

The beautiful and haunting novel that launched David Almond as one of the best children’s writers of today

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 . . .

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.
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Genre: Children's, Teenage & Educational / Children's / Teenage Fiction & True Stories / Family & Home Stories (children's

On Sale: 14th November 2013

Price: £7.99

ISBN-13: 9781444920956

Reviews

An exquisitely crafted book with a mystical core
The Daily Telegraph
A bookshelf essential.
The Guardian
Deservedly popular
The Observer
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
Lyrical, innovative and moving...unforgettably moving
Cressida Cowell, Sunday Express
A visionary story...a lyrical, magical kind of book which can be read on many different levels
The Daily Mail
Voted Carnegie Medal's Number one Top Book of the past 70 years
The Times
Hard to put down
Liz Lightfoot, The Daily Telegraph
Powerful and moving.
The Guardian
A modern classic Listed as on the of the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels)
The Daily Telegraph
Humorous, heart-stopping and haunting...an emotional roller-coaster of a read with a cliff-hanger of a conclusion. Inspired and inspiring.
Newcastle Journal
The sort of children's book that makes adults find excuses to read more of them
Times Educational Supplement
Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange, hugely readable and life-affirming tale exercises every muscle of the imagination
The Guardian
Powerful and moving
Guardian.co.uk
Lyrical, innovative and unforgettably moving.
Sunday Express (Cressida Cowell)
One of those books that you can't put down
Junior Reviewer Conor Neison, aged 12, Evening Echo (Cork)
An exquisite book
The Sunday Telegraph
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)
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
This modern classic has been reissued in a beautiful 15th anniversary edition
Lorna Bradbury, The Sunday Telegraph
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 beautiful story which will enchant young and old alike
Western Morning News
Brings Magical Realism to working-class Northeast England
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