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Skellig

Written by David Almond

Skellig Synopsis

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.

Skellig Press Reviews

A beautifully told modern fairytale. * Observer * 'A bookshelf essential.' * The Guardian * 'A deep and lovely book' * The Times * 'His characters are proper, complex portraits of children that don't succumb to the gender cliches prevalent in children's fiction.' * The Irish Times * 'it's a wonderfully original and beautifully written story and, oddest of all for a children's book, it manages to address the unlikely theme of spirituality with beguiling delicacy.' * The Irish Times * 'Tremendously innovative, highly original and very moving.' * Melvin Burgess * 'Truly original, mysterious and affecting . . . Almond treads with delicate certainty, and the result is something genuine and true' * Philip Pullman, The Guardian * the most lyrical children's author now writing * The Guardian * A stunning debut . . . An extraordinary book. * The Sunday Telegraph * Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange, hugely readable and life-affirming tale exercises every muscle of the imagination. * The Guardian * One of those books that you can't put down -- Junior Reviewer Conor Neison, aged 12 * Evening Echo (Cork) * . . . gripping, beautiful and brilliantly written . . . Everyone is raving about this unforgettable book. * The Sunday Times * A modern classic Listed as on the of the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels) * The Daily Telegraph * A beautiful story which will enchant young and old alike * Western Morning News * Powerful and moving * Guardian.co.uk * Deservedly popular * The Observer * A bookshelf essential. * The Guardian * 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 * Voted Carnegie Medal's Number one Top Book of the past 70 years * The Times * A visionary story...a lyrical, magical kind of book which can be read on many different levels * The Daily Mail * Humorous, heart-stopping and haunting...an emotional roller-coaster of a read with a cliff-hanger of a conclusion. Inspired and inspiring. * Newcastle Journal * Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange, hugely readable and life-affirming tale exercises every muscle of the imagination * The Guardian * 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) * Brings Magical Realism to working-class Northeast England * i (The Independent) * An exquisite book * The Sunday Telegraph * 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 * Hard to put down -- Liz Lightfoot * The Daily Telegraph * The sort of children's book that makes adults find excuses to read more of them * Times Educational Supplement * An exquisitely crafted book with a mystical core * The Daily Telegraph * 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 * Lyrical, innovative and moving...unforgettably moving -- Cressida Cowell * Sunday Express * Lyrical, innovative and unforgettably moving. * Sunday Express (Cressida Cowell) *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780340997048
Publication date: 19th March 2009
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 176 pages

About David Almond

David Almond is the author of Skellig, My Name is Mina, Counting Stars, The Savage, Island, A Song for Ella Grey, The Colour of the Sun and many other novels, stories, picture books, opera librettos, songs and plays. His work is translated into 40 languages, and is widely adapted for stage and screen. His major awards include the Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, the Eleanor Farjeon Award, the Michael L Printz Award (USA), Le Prix Sorcieres (France) and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize. In 2010 he won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the world's most prestigious prize for children's authors. David speaks ...

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