Skellig

David Almond

10-12 years

1998 Winner

CILIP Carnegie Medal

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19 March 2009
9780340997048
176 pages
Synopsis

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.

Lyrical, innovative and unforgettably moving.

Sunday Express (Cressida Cowell)

Lyrical, innovative and moving...unforgettably moving

Cressida Cowell, Sunday Express

The book I wish I'd written is Skellig by David Almond. Almond's book has a great sense of the mysterious; we are left with a sense of wonder. I wish that I had written it!

Joseph Delaney, Books For Keeps