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This is Michael's introduction to Skellig, the man-owl-angel who lies motionless behind the tea chests in the abandoned garage in back of the boy's dilapidated new house. As disturbing as this discovery is, it is the least of Michael's worries. The new house is a mess, his parents are distracted, and his brand-new baby sister is seriously ill. Still, he can't get this mysterious creature out of his mind--even as he wonders if he has really seen him at all. What unfolds is a powerful, cosmic, dreamlike tale reminiscent of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. British novelist David Almond works magic as he examines the large issues of death, life, friendship, love, and the breathtaking connections between all things.
Amidst the intensity and anxiety of his world, Michael is a normal kid. He goes to school, plays soccer, and has friends with nicknames like Leakey and Coot. It's at home where his life becomes extraordinary, with the help of Skellig and Mina, the quirky, strong-willed girl next door with "the kind of eyes you think can see right through you." Mina and her mother's motto is William Blake's "How can a bird that is born for joy / Sit in a cage and sing?" This question carries us through the book, as we see Michael's baby sister trapped in a hospital incubator; as we see the exquisite, winged Skellig crumpled in the garage; as we meet Mina's precious blackbird chicks and the tawny owls in her secret attic; and as we finally see a braver, bolder Michael spread his wings and fly. Skellig was the Whitbread Award's 1998 Children's Book of the Year, and this haunting novel is sure to resonate with readers young and old. (Ages 10 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I recommend Skellig for 10-14 years old boys and girls. If you like mysteries and like to be left hanging, this is definitely a book to read! Read morePublished on July 19 2004
Skellig is an angel who meets mina and micheal he has just moved into a new house. Michaels sister is dying and has been sent to hospital skellig is he babys guardian angel and... Read morePublished on July 7 2004
I read this to my daughter a few years ago, and for the life of me I can't figure out why this won awards in Britain. Read morePublished on June 22 2004 by Luis M. Luque
I find Skellig to be a book about discovery and of oneself and about doing kind acts that are often unnoticed.Published on April 7 2004
Skellig was one of my favorites. It had suspense and a great ending. Skellig is not only human but bird and angel as well. he seems like a bad person. A mean person. Read morePublished on Feb. 4 2004
Michael and his family have moved into a new house which initially seems to be a disastrous decision. Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2004 by Luca Uberai
Skellig is some kind of mysterious creature that enters the lives of Michael and Mina. As Michael and his family including his premature baby sister in intensive care, have moved... Read morePublished on Feb. 2 2004
I really enjoyed this book it is one of the few books that made me tense reading it, and I really want to read on, it was agony it took our class a hole term to read it when I just... Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004
Skellig is an amazing book.It is about aboy called micheal who has moved house with his new baby sister who is very sick. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004 by will