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Skellig
by David Almond

RRP €9.95

Skellig
by Author Name David Almond

Book details for title
List Price:9.95
Format: Paperback, 197 x 135 x 14mm, 176pp
Publication date: 19 Mar 2009
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
ISBN-13: 9780340997048

Description

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.

Reviews

... 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 cliches 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