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Skellig

Written by David Almond

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Special hardback gift edition celebrating 15 years of Skellig - one of the best-known, most-awarded debut children's novels of the past 20 years.

This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in something extra special and why it may make a difference. It’s full of happiness and sadness but ultimately it’s incredibly fulfilling. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year as well as a string of international prizes.

Skellig Synopsis

To celebrate 15 year of this internationally successful, multi-award-winning novel, a beautiful clothbound edition, with newly commissioned artwork, and special features: - essays by David Almond on the conception and writing of Skellig - exclusive first UK publication of the short story that links Skellig with Mina - the poetry of Skellig - two complete William Blake poems - Skellig: a life - how the novel has transcended the page to become an opera and a film.

When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain. Then he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage, 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 Press Reviews

'Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange life-affirming tale exercises every muscle of the imagination' The Guardian

"Brings magical realism to working-class North-east England." Michael Rosen

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781444914757
Publication date: 05/09/2013
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books
Format: Hardback

ISBN: 9780340944950
Publication date: 19/04/2007
Publisher: Hachette Children's Books
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444914757
Publication date: 5th September 2013
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Bookshelf Essentials

About David Almond

David Almond was our Guest Editor in September 2011 CLICK HERE to see his choices. David Almond is the acclaimed author of many award-winning novels for children such as Skellig, Kit's Wilderness and My Name Is Mina, and has collaborated with artists Polly Dunbar, Dave McKean and Oliver Jeffers on fiction for younger readers. David's books sell all over the world, and in 2011 he was the recipient of the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award. He lives in Hexham, Northumberland. Click here to read more information about the author. Julia Eccleshare on David Almond: One of the best-loved and finest writers of ...

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