Skellig (Paperback)
  • Skellig (Paperback)

Skellig (Paperback)

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Published: 05/09/2013
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Waterstones Says

A modern classic, Skellig is a life-affirming story about friendship and the power of kindness. At once deep, humorous and haunting, Almond’s Carnegie Medal winning tale is filled with huge emotions, quiet courage, abiding hope, and a fair bit of magic.

The bestselling story about love, loss and hope that launched David Almond as one of the best children's writers of today. Winner of the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread children's book of the Year Award.

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 for ever . . .

Skellig won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. David Almond is also winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen award.

Powerful and moving - The Guardian

This newly jacketed edition celebrates 20 years of this multi-award-winning novel.

Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
ISBN: 9780340944950
Number of pages: 176
Weight: 163 g
Dimensions: 197 x 132 x 16 mm


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

This modern classic has been reissued in a beautiful 15th anniversary edition - Lorna Bradbury, The Sunday Telegraph

An exquisitely crafted book with a mystical core - The Daily Telegraph

The sort of children's book that makes adults find excuses to read more of them - Times Educational Supplement

Hard to put down - Liz Lightfoot, The Daily Telegraph

Refusing to read this book on the grounds that you are not a child makes as much sense as refusing to read crime fiction because you are not a criminal. A deep and lovely book. - Nick Hornby, The Times

An exquisite book - The Sunday Telegraph

Brings Magical Realism to working-class Northeast England - i (The Independent)

A story full of heart and magic and big confusing emotions, elegantly told by a master craftsman. A perfect piece of art - Lucy Christopher, Big Issue (london)

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

Humorous, heart-stopping and emotional roller-coaster of a read with a cliff-hanger of a conclusion. Inspired and inspiring. - Newcastle Journal

A visionary story...a lyrical, magical kind of book which can be read on many different levels - The Daily Mail

Voted Carnegie Medal's Number one Top Book of the past 70 years - The Times

I can't eat a chinese takeaway without thinking about this strange and beautiful book about an angel who seems to have lost his way. - Gill Harvey, The Big Issue

A bookshelf essential. - The Guardian

Deservedly popular - The Observer

Powerful and moving -

A beautiful story which will enchant young and old alike - Western Morning News

A modern classicListed as on the of the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels) - The Daily Telegraph

One of those books that you can't put down - Junior Reviewer Conor Neison, aged 12, Evening Echo (Cork)

Powerful and moving. - The Guardian

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I remember reading this book a few years ago for my English coursework... and I remember loving it. I love the storyline and the characters; I think it's a really strong story. I was amazed to find out only a few... More

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“Skellig - David Almond”

Skellig in one Tweet-sized chunk:
Skellig is pretty much the perfect novel.

Michael has just moved to a new house. His baby sister is clinging to life in hospital having been born prematurely. His parents are... More

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“Skellig the amazing tail”

Skellig is an amazing book . It gives the reader the information to actually act out the story like it is real . David Almond is a really inspiring author and his boy , he has written a lot of children's books !... More

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