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Skellig [Paperback]

David Almond
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Amazon Review

Michael can feel his sick baby sister's heart beating inside him, and as long as he can feel it he knows she is alive. But as her condition becomes life-threatening and the family faces the nightmare of an operation to save her life, Michael turns to his new friend Mina and the strange being, Skellig, who has been living beneath the crumbling garage at the family's new home.

In this most delicate and tender story of a young boy living in fear of death and coming to terms with life, you can almost touch the indefinable magic that Skellig--part owl, part human, part everything and nothing--brings to Michael's unsettled world.

With the gentle touch of an angel's breath, Almond, in his first novel for children, lets his characters think, feel and believe without overwhelming sentimentality. A dream of a book to touch even the hardest of hearts. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Powerful and moving. (The Guardian)

Book Description

The beautiful and haunting novel that launched David Almond as one of the best children's writers of today. Winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread children's book of the Year Award.

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Critical acclaim for Skellig from the press & fellow authors
'A story of love and faith, written with exquisite, heart-fluttering tenderness. It is an extraordinarily profound book, no matter what the age of the reader' - THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WHITBREAD JUDGES 'Utterly gripping...A marvellous and unnerving debut' - TES 'Tremendously innovative, highly original and very moving. David Almond is a fascinating new voice' - MELVIN BURGESS 'Gripping, fascinating, beautiful' - JOAN AIKEN 'Tense and involving . . . something not to miss' - THE INDEPENDENT

'Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange, hugely readable and life-affirming tale exercises every muscle of the imagination' - THE GUARDIAN 'A stunning extraordinary book' - THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH 'A beautifully written, superbly crafted modern fable'-THE BOOKSELLER 'This is a story which burns bright from first to last, and for long after it is over. A quite extraordinary book. Unforgettable.' - MICHAEL MORPURGO 'Stands head and shoulders about the rest...Almond is clearly an exceptional writer.' - LITERARY REVIEW 'Gripping, beautiful and brilliantly of the great discoveries of the year...everyone is raving about this unforgettable book' - THE SUNDAY TIMES 'An intensely written and fast moving fable...a considerable achievement'-BOOKS FOR KEEPS 'I read this luminous novel with a sense of wonder - and it's left an imprint on my mind - and yes, my heart - that will not easily, if ever, fade. In fact, I think Skellig deserves that risky adjective - unforgettable.' - ROBERT CORMIER --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

David Almond is twice winner of the Whitbread Children's Book Award. His first novel, SKELLIG, won the Whitbread Children's Award and the Carnegie Medal and was made into a feature-length film on Sky1. His second, KIT'S WILDERNESS, won the Smarties Award Silver Medal, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Guardian Award. THE FIRE-EATERS won the Whitbread, the Smarties Gold Award and was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and his most recent novel, CLAY, was shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award, and the Carnegie Medal. David has also won the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award for his lasting contribution to children's literature and is widely regarded as one of the most exciting and innovative children's authors writing today. His books are bestsellers all over the world. He lives with his family in Northumberland.

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