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Skellig is a remarkable story, unlike anything I have ever read before. It's told from the point of view of Michael, a boy of about eleven or twelve, who is struggling with many difficult issues. His family have just moved house, to a place that needs a vast amount of work and so looks a real ... Read review
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Skellig By David Almond (paperback, 2007)

Skellig By David Almond (paperback, 2007)

ean 9780340944950 title skellig sku st 0340944951 product category books comics magazines ... more

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Skellig by Almond, David (2007) - David Almond

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Skellig: TV Tie-In - David Almond

Skellig: TV Tie-In - David Almond

Michael's world after his family moves house seems lonely and frightening, when his new ... more

baby sister is fighting for her life in hospital.
Then he discovers something - a creature in the
crumbling garage, and nothing is ever the same.
Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Whitbread Award and
Hans Christian Andersen Award 2010.

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(Skellig) By David Almond (Author) Paperback on (Mar , 2009) - David Almond

(Skellig) By David Almond (Author) Paperback on (Mar , 2009) - David Almond

Michael's world after his family moves house seems lonely and frightening, when his new ... more

baby sister is fighting for her life in hospital.
Then he discovers something - a creature in the
crumbling garage, and nothing is ever the same.
Winner of the Carnegie Medal, Whitbread Award and
Hans Christian Andersen Award 2010.

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David Almond Pair, 2 books, RRP £12.98 (My Name Is Mina; Skellig). - David Almond

David Almond Pair, 2 books, RRP £12.98 (My Name Is Mina; Skellig). - David Almond

A visionary writer brings you his Carnegie Medal winner 'Skellig' and its prequel - two ... more

books which truly reach places others don't.
Nothing rivals David Almond's breathtaking gift
for finding mystery and wonder in the everyday
world. Here, in two of his iconic works, he
explores some of the mysteries of life with the
lightest and most haunting of touches. David's
baby sister is seriously ill when he discovers a
magical creature in his parents' crumbling garage.
Part owl, part angel. Maybe good - or maybe evil.
Can Skellig help to bring David's dying sister
back to life? And in the recent novel 'My Name is
Mina', we are drawn into the world of David's best
friend Mina before the pair have met. Talking
about the loss of her father and her struggles to
fit in, Mina explores the boundaries of her
identity in an enchanting and solitary night-time
world. "David Almond is a fine writer, one of the
very finest we have. He is simply incapable of
writing a bad sentence." 'Michael Morpurgo' "There
really is nobody quite like Almond writing in
children's or adults' fiction today." 'The Times'
"A writer of subtle,page-turning and daring
exactness." 'TES' This pack contains 2 paperbacks:
My Name Is Mina; Skellig.

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Haunting and hopeful

AdvantagesThought-provoking, warm, gentle, humorous, deeply emotional, satisfying ending

DisadvantagesSlight negates 'stranger danger' warnings, a bit complex for younger children

"Skellig is a remarkable story, unlike anything I have ever read before. It's told from the point of view of Michael, a boy of about eleven or twelve, who is struggling with many difficult issues. His family have just moved house, to a place that needs a vast amount of work and so looks a real mess. He hates having left behind his friends, although he's still attending his old school; that in itself means a long journey each day. Worst of all, his ..." Read review
19.01.2004

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DisadvantagesSee opinion

"...he finds within. It’s Skellig. Skellig begs him to tell no one that he’s there and instinctively Michael senses that there’s something strange, something special about this scruffy, ragged man and he keeps the secret from his parents. He tries to help Skellig, although he’s half afraid and half excited, bringing him medicine and food and drink. One evening whilst sneaking food down to the garage he tries to help Skellig to a more comfortable position ..." Read review
19.07.2002

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Skellig - Angel in disguise Review with images

AdvantagesCreative, thought-provoking, emotive read

DisadvantagesNot many, but it is a children's book essentially

"...wilderness of a garden. But Skellig is no ordinary angel. Disgusting creature, vermin-ridden, living off blue-bottles, spiders and mice, appearances may be deceiving. 'Arthur-itis' and the remains of a black suit hide the true wings and angel-form of a creature from another world. Another striking character in this book is that of Mina, Michael's new friend and next-door neighbour. She helps Michael bring Skellig back to health, by feeding him ..." Read review
17.05.2005

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Skellig

Advantagesmagical, lyrical language

Disadvantagescomplex plot and language

"...new best friend Mina (female). Skellig (male) is portrayed as being very old and frail. Overview: Michael has just moved house and his baby sister is ill. He finds a strange 'being' in his garage (Skellig), he and his friend Mina care for Skellig and help him grow stronger. Michael learns about nature, poetry and the healing power of love. - What the book offers a child reader and how it takes a reader forward: - The main themes ..." Read review
01.05.2006

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Outstanding

AdvantagesVery imaginative

DisadvantagesNone

"This book really touched me, I think it must be one of the best books that I have ever read. It is about a boy called Michael who moves house. His baby sister is seriously ill and he feels helpless. Then he enters his garage and there in between the rubbage and cobwebs, lies a ...thing! Michael has to find out if this thing is a strange human being or an even stranger kind of beast. Michael makes a friend, Mina who helps him carry the thing out ..." Read review
27.08.2000

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Type Fiction
Genre Children's
Title Skellig
Author David Almond
ISBN 034076483X; 0340944951; 0440416027

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