Skelling

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Delacorte Press, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 182 pages
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David Almond’s Printz Honor–winning novel is a captivating modern classic.

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 spiderwebs 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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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Almond pens a powerful, atmospheric story: A pall of anxiety hangs over Michael (and his parents) as his prematurely born baby sister fights for her life. The routines of school provide some relief ... Read full review

The best young adult books I've read in ages!

User Review  - John K. - Borders

I had never heard of this book until I read Nick Hornby's collection Shakespeare Wrote for Money. He had heard about this book popping up on a lot librarian's lists of best YA books, and raved about ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
10
Section 4
15
Section 5
18
Section 6
21
Section 7
24
Section 8
37
Section 12
92
Section 13
98
Section 14
101
Section 15
109
Section 16
140
Section 17
163
Section 18
171
Section 19
179

Section 9
70
Section 10
80
Section 11
82
Section 20
183
Section 21
187
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About the author (1999)

David Almond grew up in a large family in northeastern England. He worked as a postman, a brush salesman, an editor, and a teacher but began to write seriously after he finished college. He lives in England with his partner and their daughter.

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