Skellig (Google eBook)

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Random House Children's Books, Nov 13, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction
599 Reviews
David Almond’s Printz Honor–winning novel celebrates its 10th anniversary!

Ten-year-old Michael was looking forward to moving into a new house. But now his baby sister is ill, his parents are frantic, and Doctor Death has come to call. Michael feels helpless. Then he steps into the crumbling garage. . . . What is this thing beneath the spiders' webs and dead flies? A human being, or a strange kind of beast never before seen? The only person Michael can confide in is his new friend, Mina. Together, they carry the creature out into the light, and Michael's world changes forever. . . .


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Great story, skilful characterisation, poetic prose. - Goodreads
This sort of simplistic style unnerves me as a writer. - Goodreads
Sort of weird at the end...But easy to read. - Goodreads
Gorgeous, lyrical prose. - Goodreads
The plot, to me, was too slow. - Goodreads
The story telling was top notch. - Goodreads

Review: Skellig (Skellig #1)

User Review  - Penny Little - Goodreads

Marvellous, whether you're an adult or teen. Short enough to read in one sitting (provided you read quickly). Thanks for the recommendation, Ruth. Read full review

Review: Skellig (Skellig #1)

User Review  - Rawan - Goodreads

I absolutely loved this book. It was heartwarming, compelling, and dare I say it made me tear up a few times. Although I liked My Name Is Mina better, I absolutely loved this book and would 10/10 recommend. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
6
Section 3
10
Section 4
15
Section 5
18
Section 6
21
Section 7
24
Section 8
37
Section 12
82
Section 13
92
Section 14
101
Section 15
109
Section 16
122
Section 17
140
Section 18
163
Section 19
171

Section 9
53
Section 10
58
Section 11
70
Section 20
179
Section 21
184
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About the author (2001)

“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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