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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully lyrical tale, 23 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Skellig (Paperback)
I read this remarkable little book in the space of a day. It tells the story of a 10 year-old boy, Michael, who discovers a strange and decrepit being in the delapidated garage of his new house. This discovery coincides with the premature birth of his baby sister and so begins a testing period for Michael and his family, as the baby battles to hold on to life. Luckily, Michael has Mina, an extraordinary, home-educated young girl with a penchant for William Blake and an impressive knowledge of the natural - and supernatural - world. Together they coax Skellig out of hiding and as he gains stature so too does their hope for the baby's survival.

The story itself is touching, but for me it was the language the author employs which elevated this novel into the realms of something truly special. Simple, succint, and unpretentious, Almond's words lend Skellig a lyrical beauty that allows the reader to be swept along by Michael's story however fantastical it may seem.

Although I enjoyed it immensely, I can see Skellig dividing opinion among children: many will adore it for the reasons outlined above, while others may find it 'unbelievable'. That said, I would recommend it to readers of any age willing to suspend their disbelief for the sake of a wonderfully written novel.

Matt Pucci
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