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Skellig: TV Tie-In [Paperback]

David Almond
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Book Description

19 Mar 2009

When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain.

Then, one Sunday afternoon, he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage of his new home, and finds something magical. A strange creature - part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael's help if he is to survive. With his new friend Mina, Michael nourishes Skellig back to health, while his baby sister languishes in the hospital.

But Skellig is far more than he at first appears, and as he helps Michael breathe life into his tiny sister, Michael's world changes forever . . .

Skellig won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award and is now a major Sky1 feature film, starring Tim Roth and John Simm. David Almond is also winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen award.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; Television tie-in edition edition (19 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340997044
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340997048
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 12.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (254 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Almond is one of the most exciting children's authors writing today. His acclaimed books include Skellig, winner of the Whitbread Children's Award and the Carnegie Medal; Kit's Wilderness, winner of the Smarties Award Silver Medal, Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal, and shortlisted for the Guardian Award; and The Fire-Eaters, winner of the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Gold Award and shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal. He lives in Northumberland.

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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.


. . . gripping, beautiful and brilliantly written . . . Everyone is raving about this unforgettable book. (The Sunday Times)

Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange, hugely readable and life-affirming tale exercises every muscle of the imagination. (The Guardian)

A stunning debut . . . An extraordinary book. (The Sunday Telegraph)

the most lyrical children's author now writing (The Guardian)

'Truly original, mysterious and affecting . . . Almond treads with delicate certainty, and the result is something genuine and true' (Philip Pullman, The Guardian)

'Tremendously innovative, highly original and very moving.' (Melvin Burgess)

'it's a wonderfully original and beautifully written story and, oddest of all for a children's book, it manages to address the unlikely theme of spirituality with beguiling delicacy.' (The Irish Times)

'His characters are proper, complex portraits of children that don't succumb to the gender clichés prevalent in children's fiction.' (The Irish Times)

'A deep and lovely book' (The Times)

'A bookshelf essential.' (The Guardian)

A beautifully told modern fairytale. (Observer)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 14 April 2005
What an unusual and beautiful style of writing David Almond has. I was completely unprepared for how amazing this book is. The blurb does no justice to the content of this book. This book is pure magic. Pure imagination.
On first opening Skellig I was shocked at how short the chapters were but the beauty of them is that they keep you hooked. It is so fast paced that it is almost impossible to put down.
The story is full of intelligence and real life with a touch of those extraordinary and chaotic things that bind the story together. [The wonderful William Blake quotes, the story of our wings, the metaphorical connections and then of course there's Skellig.] The real magic though, is in the characters. The genuine honest emotions layered between each of them is refreshing to read.
This book blew me away. I highly recommend Skellig to anyone. If you are looking for something a bit different, try this book!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Both my chldren were gripped by this book as well as myself. Indeed, I was reading this book to my dyslexic son of 11 years and finished the book myself before I had finished reading it to him. He thought it was excellent. I then went on to read it to my six-year-old daughter who also found it gripping and did not want me to put the book down. The short chapters are great when reading it to kids as they provide a good place to stop when bed-time reading. Mixing reality with fantasy, the story reveals a wonderful sensitivity between the charachters and leaves you with a feeling that this is what life should be about!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air 28 May 2004
I loved this book. It was beautiful.
I first read it when I was ten, but even now, when I am 15, I still return to this book.
It's hard to describe why exactly I like this book. There are so many things. I think it was the beauty of David Almond's writing that captured me first. He has a wonderful imagination and his style of writing is richly descriptive. When you are reading this book, you can't help but be caught up in this endearing story.
Then it was the story itself, and the magic he created. I loved the mystery of who this frail being, Skellig, was and I loved the magical world of the book.
I have a friend who doesn't like this book, because she says that it's a stupid fantasy, not based on reality. But for me, the fantasy element of the book was and still is the charm of the book.
Sometimes you have to escape from the everyday world and this book offers the perfect opportunity to do so. This book is a dreamy, beautiful offering of love, wonder, and friendship. It was a breath of fresh air to me as a ten year old, and whenever I feel down or stressed it is one of the books I return to.
It's up to you whether you buy this book or not, I hope I might have persuaded you to buy this book and if you're not going to, I think you've missed out on something very pure and beautiful. If you do, then I hope you enjoy it as much as I did and do now.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting read 21 April 2007
I read this book to see if it would be an appropriate read for my seven year old daughter. I only intended to skim read it. However, from the very first page I was gripped. I read the entire book in one evening.

The story is very moving and it is beautifully written. It handles some tough issues very sensitively.

My daughter did read the book after me, and thoroughly enjoyed it too. A great read - for both adults and children.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A WONDERFUL BOOK!!!! 26 Nov 1999
What can I say - i have 2 children aged 7 and 9, I read the first chapter in the evening and when they went to bed I read the whole book - it brought tears to my eyes - i have read many childrens book and never have i read a book that touched me as this book does - it is a wonderful story, i loved the girl in the story she has learned so much about life without going to school -the book held my children (WHICH IS QUITE HARD) and every night they said skellig!! read some more - all i can say is you have to read it, a wonderful touching emotional book that just makes me want to read it again and again!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On my top 10 best of alltime! 11 Jan 2005
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I (37 years old) brought this book for a friends daughter (11) last christmas. When she opened the present she had read it already, many times and gushed about how brilliant it was.
Enthused she then gave me two of her favourite books to read, this one (Skellig) and Butterfly Lion. I dutifully took them and in spare moments read them.
I enjoyed Butterfly Lion but was just amazed at Skellig. It is one of those rare books that is most definately a childs book but adults will also marvel at the deft touches of tenderness and personality each character is given.
Being a big old grown up person I kind of guessed what the ending might offer but never expected it to affect me in the way it did, else I wounldn't have been sitting in a crowded pub reading it.
If your a kid make sure its on your list, if your a adult read it, it might just remind you how magical childhood is.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Skellig 12 July 2009
Brilliant book. It kept me interested every the time that I read it to my grandchildren. They enjoyed it too. It's a book which starts out a bit scary but ends well. It also deals in a sensitive manner with the trials and sorrows of children.
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Skellig is about a boy called Michael who moves into a new house which used to belong to a man called Ernie Myers who had died. In his back garden Michael finds an old man living in his shed eating only rats and bugs. Some people are going to Knock down the shed and Skellig (the old man) wont move so Michael pleads with him until he does. Michael makes friends with a girl called Mina who helps him move Skellig into an abandoned house that she Knows of. Soon Michael and Mina find a lot of extraordinary things about Skellig.
I think that Skellig is a brilliant book because of the way the whole story is brought to life with discription. The book held me in suspence when I thought that Skellig wouldn't move or when I thought that the baby was going to die.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A big favourite
MY son read this in one long session and then wrote the longest, most enthusiastic review ever for the school book club. This is a fantastic book, read it if you can.
Published 1 day ago by Ellery K
4.0 out of 5 stars Skellig
Lots of mystery to ignite discussion with 9-11 year olds. Useful for links to science topic: inheritance, where we may come from & go to.
Published 22 days ago by shelley mottram
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
Beautiful story with alternative explanation for life and death. Would appeal to boys and girls. I read this because my daughter had read it in school and loved it. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Emma Cartwright
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic read
Compelling and beautifully written with charming moments. When a boy finds a man in his shed, he and the girl across the street discover that things aren't quite what they seem. Read more
Published 23 days ago by BritReader
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
we were reading it in class and i wanted to read a head so i got it on my kindle and the class is still on chapter 18 and i have finished it its so good i cant believe that skellig... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Jane Sharland
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting story
Interesting and different story read by my 11 year old daughter who thoroughly enjoyed it. To be recommended to girls or boys
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This book is really good because it is imaginative and I think it is not ordinary I give this book 5 stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Lovely children's book that is about an ordinary, sensitive boy who mostly keeps his problems to himself. Read more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stark contrasts
The juxtaposition of the sacred and the profane. A fantastic idea, but too much dwelling on the darker side of life for my taste. Read more
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