Skellig The Play by David Almond, Jean Moore, John Catron


Skellig The Play by David Almond, Jean Moore, John Catron

Hodder Literature: a new and exciting series of literature titles for Key Stage 3 for whole class use. Dramatisation of David Almond's novel, 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 - Skellig. 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 is the winner of the 1998 British Whitbread Award for Children's Literature. Praise for Skellig: The author adroitly interconnects the threads of the Skellig, whose history and reason for being are open to readers

.... [T]he story brightens dramatically as Michael's loving, life-affirming spirit begins to work miracles. --Publishers Weekly, starred review The plot pivots on the question of what Skellig is....The beauty here is that there is no answer and readers will be left to wonder and debate, and make up their own minds. A lovingly done, thought-provoking novel. --School Library Journal, starred review The marvelous and the everyday mix in haunting, memorable ways. --Kirkus Reviews, pointer Some of the writing takes one's breath away, especially the scenes in which Almond, without flinching, describes the beauty and the horror that is Skellig. --Booklist, starred review I read this luminous novel with a sense of wonder, and it's left an imprint on my mind--and, yes, my heart--that will not easily, if ever, fade. In fact, I think Skellig deserves that risky adjective--unforgettable. --Robert Cormier, author

About the Author

David Almond was awarded the Whitbread Children's Book Award, the Smarties Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal for The Fire-Eaters. His first novel, Skellig, won the Whitbread Children's Award and the Carnegie Medal. His second, Kit's Wilderness, won the Smarties Award Silver Medal, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Guardian Award. He is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative children's authors writing today, and his books are bestsellers all over the world.

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128 pages


David Almond, Jean Moore, John Catron
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Publication date

29th April 2005



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