by David Almond
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Skellig by David Almond

Young readers will by enchanted by this magical tale of friendship and family:Michael was looking forward to his new house and neighborhood, until his infant sister became very ill. Now his parents are constantly frantic, the scary doctor is always coming around, and Michael feels helpless. When he goes out into the old rickety garage, he comes across a mysterious being living beneath spider webs and eating flies for dinner. This creature calls himself Skellig, and over the weeks Michael and his new friend Mina bring Skellig out in to the light, and their worlds change forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444920956
Publisher: Hachette Children's
Publication date: 11/14/2013
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 325,216
File size: 636 KB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

“I grew up in a big extended Catholic family [in the north of England]. I listened to the stories and songs at family parties. I listened to the gossip that filled Dragone’s coffee shop.
I ran with my friends through the open spaces and the narrow lanes. We scared each other with ghost stories told in fragile tents on dark nights. We promised never-ending friendship and whispered of the amazing journeys we’d take together.

I sat with my grandfather in his allotment, held tiny Easter chicks in my hands while he smoked his pipe and the factory sirens wailed and larks yelled high above. I trembled at the images presented to us in church, at the awful threats and glorious promises made by black-clad priests with Irish voices. I scribbled stories and stitched them into little books. I disliked school and loved the library, a little square building in which I dreamed that books with my name on them would stand one day on the shelves.

Skellig, my first children’s novel, came out of the blue, as if it had been waiting a long time to be told. It seemed to write itself. It took six months, was rapidly taken by Hodder Children’s Books and has changed my life. By the time Skellig came out, I’d written my next children’s novel, Kit’s Wilderness. These books are suffused with the landscape and spirit of my own childhood. By looking back into the past, by re-imagining it and blending it with what I see around me now, I found a way to move forward and to become something that I am intensely happy to be: a writer for children.”

David Almond is the winner of the 2001 Michael L. Printz Award for Kit’s Wilderness, which has also been named best book of the year by School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly. He has been called "the foremost practitioner in children's literature of magical realism." (Booklist) His first book for young readers, Skellig, is a Printz Honor winner. David Almond lives with his family in Newcastle, England.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! It was very edge of your seat and perfect for all ages. I would definatly reccomend this book. The plot is very interesting and descriptive.....READ THIS BOOK!!!!!
Jenna Barrick More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites! It has a good puller and a great setting. This book is amazing! I recommend it to children and teenagers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For some reason, i was reluctant to read this book, however i found it stunning. As a reader who nearly never cries, this book truely struck me in its ingenuity and heart felt message. This is an excellent read for all ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was about the best book i have ever read! The realistic beginning of the book and then in the middle you find out a fantasy part of it! It was very interesting and I think everyone should read it!
Patito_de_Hule More than 1 year ago
Soon after Michael's family moves to a new home, his sister is born prematurely. While his parents are ferrying the newborn back and forth to the hospital, Michael deals with his stress by exploring their dilapidated garage. There, he finds a strange owl-like man. As Michael and the girl-next-door nurse the winged man back to health, he learns a lesson about love. This was a sweet little book. It was quite short, so there wasn't a lot of plot, but the characters and premise was quite adorable. This book would be appropriate for 7-9 year olds who enjoy reading magical realism.  Almond did a fantastic job of narrating his own book. He has an engaging reading voice and had all the rhythms and intonations flowing well.
LauraIrrgang More than 1 year ago
This lovely, pitch-perfect book proves that middle grade fiction can be spare and simple, yet still shine. Young Michael tries to cope with his infant sister's life threatening illness while living an ordinary boy's life. He plays soccer, visits with pals from school, and helps his father fixing up their new home and garden. Michael discovers a mysterious stranger in the dilapidated shed with odd manners. Is he a monster, angel, or something else? Michael befriends Mina, who is home schooled and has a penchant for William Blake's poetry and an obsession with flying creatures. They embark upon a quiet journey and a moving friendship. Together, they attempt to piece together the enigma of the man in the shed. The beauty of this quiet story lies in the friendship between Mina and Michael, and the author's insistence on leaving some things unanswered. I wish more books for this age group were so lyrical and calm. David Almond's book is a master work in restraint. I particularly like Michael's interactions with Mina and her mother. This friendship seems so true, and although I wish I could know more of these characters, the story is a perfect length and I was so satisfied with the resolution. This is a Printz Honor selection. Almond addresses weighty issues like life, death, and the inevitable unknowable in between on a level that is just right for this age group. I am so impressed with Almond's grasp of the complexities of Michael and Mina's world. He truly understands that although the world of a child is, on some level, simple-they are far from simplistic creatures. Instead, children have a rich inner emotional life and high levels of creativity, sensitivity, and wonder inside them. This book shows such respect for the characters and audience, and I would highly recommend this to any middle grade reader.
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It's bad
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i read this book when i was younger and it was verry good  good story good characters and eventually lost the book at some point so i got for the nook and im glad i did id  recommend this book for anyone to read 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ite is amazing
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have taught elementary and middle school for about five years. I think of children's literature as having two major components, story and writing. The writing here is very good, as is the writing. This isn't a great tale but this is a delightful romp and more enjoyable with every page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book i'm reading his other book raven summer i totally recamend both books. Also i recamend empty miror, full tilt and over the river
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this book was so good i read it for a school book club and there was lots to discus about it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skellig was definitely a book worth reading. Even the opening sentence pulled me into the book immediately. The characters are strong, vivid, and interesting, especially Mina, Michael's friend, and of course Skellig, the creature Michael finds in his garage. Michael's newborn sister being so sick is also something that pulls you into the book because you want to find out what happens to her. I liked this book because of the ongoing mystery of the creature Skellig and who/what he is and what role he plays in Michael's life. I also liked that the author never really explained what Skellig was because then the mystery was free to linger on after you finished the book. This book was a combination of weird and hauntingly beautiful at the same time. In my opinion, that's one of the best combinations. Hats off to David Almond!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great! I read it in fourth grade but I'm going to read it again.
DONeal More than 1 year ago
Read this book for English and it was a really good read. Recommend everyone read it!
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martha24 More than 1 year ago
Skellig, written by David Almond is about a boy named Michael and his family that move to a new house that is not in good condition. His parents and he are anxious about his new baby sister named Joy who was born premature and has a chance that she might not live since she has a dysfunctional heart. Michael ends up going into the garage when he finds out there is a strange man and Michael thinks he might be homeless or a junkie. Michael ends up meeting a girl named Mina how is home schooled and she takes care of baby birds that live in her garden and she ends up teaching Michael their tiny sounds. The two of them move the man out of the garage because it was going to be demolished when they discover that the man has wings are old and dried and all folded. Michael asks the man about his arthritis and if there is a cure for it. Skellig (the man), Michael and Mina all share a mystical experience which they all fly and they are able to see ghostly wings sprouting from each other's shoulders I thought the book was good just that in some chapters it didn't really explain lots of things and when something interesting would happen the book would say much and it would just change to something new. The things that I like about the book were that it would get interesting and it would make me want to read it more and more. I also liked the author David Almond used all the five senses really good in the story. I enjoyed this book a lot because it would make me think about what was going to happen and I wouldn't want to put the book down. I give this book a 4/5 because it would interest me but it wouldn't explain a lot of the things that would happen in the story.
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