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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 August 2000
When I got this book I thought I would never of bothered to complete it. But after five minute I couldn't put it down, two days later i'd finished it. Micheal has just moved into an old and almost demolished house to make things worse his mums has the baby prematurely. Micheal finds an almost dead man in his garage with arthritis and helps him grow strong by feeding him Chinese and Brown Ale. Micheal lifts this man up and fells soft lumps of something under his shoulder blades... What they and what are shoulder blades for?...Read the book to find out...The man 'Skellig' helps Micheal to forget his fears of his sick sister. The only annoying bit is that you never get told what Skellig really is.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2005
This is the book you have been waiting for! No matter who you are, your age, personality or hobbies, this is the book for you. It is easy enough for kids and deep even for grown-ups. "Skellig", the winner of numerous awards by David Almond is a beautiful book, simply marvellous. It is so profound, so gripping and so strong that no other book can compare with it.
Ten-year old Michael is looking forward to moving with his parents to a new house. That is, before he finds out it's all wore down, nothing but ruins are left and more importantly, his baby sister is seriously ill. One day he steps into the garage where he finds an old man. He is just sitting there waiting to die, eating bugs and other things crawling by. Who is he... or what is he? Michael brings him food and drink and tries to get to know him, but the man refuses to tell him anything about himself. Later he meets Mina, a girl about the same age as him from next door. She does not go to school, her mum teaches her, and she thinks nothing good of doing so. She is the only person he shares the secret of the old man with. Michael thinks the man can save his sister whose life is now hanging from a thin thread.
Together, they befriend him.
Together, they bring him out from the shadows and everything changes.
Have you ever wondered what shoulder blades are for?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2009
I bought this book for my daughter for her 10th birthday. She had seen the adaptation on Sky and really enjoyed it and I thought she would like the book. She read it quickly and really enjoyed it and I read it after her as I like to see what the books she reads are like and I thought it very different to the usual childrens books and very well written.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I am riting this review for a book called skellig.

characters

Micheal is the main character and I thought he was amazing at the end of the story, because he gets everything ready for when mom comes home. mom- mom is a bit of a shouty person because she is a parent. mom is in the hospital for a bit of the story having a baby. Dad- Dad isn't in much of the story so I can't give him a description. Docter death= I didn't like him because he was ugly.

setting

Some of the story is in the garage and the rest of the story is set in the house, because Mom, Dad and Micheal just moved into the house.

opening

I liked the opening because you met a couple of characters, so I thought the opening was great.

conclusion

The conclusion was weird because they keep talking about numbers 27 and 53.

plot

The plot is basicly everything that happened in the story.There was so much in the book so all I can say is that Micheal is a character.

The words used

The words are great because some of the words are simple and some wasn't.

General interest leval

I am very interested in this book because it is a very exiting book.

Any other comments

I rated this book 7/10 because it's interesting and exiting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2013
This book is my favourite story of the year!!

Meet Michael,an eleven year old boy who meets a thing,not a human,not an animal,a thing.In this terrific tale Michael meets this creature who who is grumpy and grizzly,as the story unfolds this creature tells Michael his name "Skellig" along with Michaels friend Mina we find out more about Skellig
Mina is a very clever girl who is homeschooled and her thoughts about school are very strong(that she thinks school is wrong),she is very individual,she is very individual and does not really care about what other people think about her,but Michael has a problem his baby sister has a heart disease that may kill her, and things are not looking good.A couple of questions need to be answered,will Michael,Mina and Skellig work as a team and save the baby? and what is Skellig?Is he an angel or a bird?I think he is an angel that has been sent to guide michael through these hard times.You never find out but clues are given along the way

WHAT WILL YOU THINK

charlie age 11
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 July 2004
Having just finished this exceptional novel, I have to recommend it wholeheartedly to grown ups and children alike. The plot will engage boys and girls alike, and I felt for Michael as he dealt with his fears for his baby sister. The story moved along quickly, punctuated with moments of suspense. It kept me gripped ot the very end.
This would be a brilliant book to use in a Literacy unit of work with Year 5 or 6 children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 4 May 1999
When I read Skellig I didn't put it down once. This is credit to a very interesting plot and a style of writing that is easy to read. However, I would not say I found it exciting. I liked the way the author used little details to bring the story alive. I loved the character of Skellig himself, half man, half bird with room left for your own imagination. I'd happily recommend this book to all of my friends.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2005
Skellig is an interesting book as it is about Michael, who has moved house. He went to explore the garage when he found a srtange being insie. He also makes a new friend who is called Mina. He takes her to see the strange being. She thinks that it is a angel, because Skellig has feathers on his shoulder blade. This book is a very extrodinary and exciting book to read. in my opinion Skellig, that it is a great book to read. It has lots of sadnesses but to brighten up the story there are many parts with laughter and happiness involved. This is a great book to read a and i reccomend for many people to read this unforgettable book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 June 2005
This is a really good book.It is one of the best books I have read. It is about a boy named Michael and his family who have moved into a new house that needs a lot of improving. Nextdoor to them is a young girl named Mina who is home tutored. In their very overgrown garden there is a very old garage that needs to be knocked down. Living there is a strange man that is a bit like an angel. In the darkness he seems to be very old but when Michael and Mina move him to a new place they see that he is totally different to what they thought. Also Michael has a baby sister. She is very ill and needs an operation on her heart.
This is a very good book. I would read it again.
I would reccomend it to anyone that wants to have a good read and who is quite a confident reader. I would suggest it to 11-13 yearolds as there is quite a bit of swearing.
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