Top positive review
on June 11, 2001
Michael was looking forward to moving house. Then the baby became ill and "Doctor Death" keeps coming to visit. Michael wishes he and his family had just stayed where they were. Then he steps into the crumbling, tumble-down garage. The garage that conceals a secret that is about to change Michael's world forever.
When Michael discovers the mysterious creature known only as'Skellig', he can only guess at who or what he is and why he is there. Together with his friend Mina, Michael cares for the strange mixture of bird/man/angel, but his baby sister just doesn't seem to get well. Is it possible that the mysterious Skellig can save her?
"Skellig" is a beautifully written story that is both powerful and sensitive. I have read a huge number of both children and adults' books, but this is one of the ones that stand out. It strays from the usual children's book formula and has an ending that is completely unexpected and unpredictable. The characters are unusual and well described and the author paints a vivid picture of the events that unfold. The book is both entertaining and informative and keeps the reader hooked throughout. I have read both of David Almond's other books, Kit's Wilderness and Heaven Eyes, and would rank this in the middle, with Kit's Wilderness as my far and away favourite.
I would recommend this to both children and adults and if you enjoyed this, I would suggest "Kit's Wilderness" and "Heaven Eyes", both by the same author.