David Almond / May 25, 2020

Skellig Man bird or angel Who or what is Skellig Michael was looking forward to moving into a new house It was all going to be wonderful But now his baby sister is ill his parents are frantic and Dr Death

  • Title: Skellig
  • Author: David Almond
  • ISBN: 9780786223442
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Man, bird or angel Who or what is Skellig Michael was looking forward to moving into a new house It was all going to be wonderful But now his baby sister is ill, his parents are frantic, and Dr Death has come to call Michael feels helpless Then one day he steps into the crumbling garage What is this thing beneath the spiderwebs and dead flies A human being, or a sMan, bird or angel Who or what is Skellig Michael was looking forward to moving into a new house It was all going to be wonderful But now his baby sister is ill, his parents are frantic, and Dr Death has come to call Michael feels helpless Then one day he steps into the crumbling garage What is this thing beneath the spiderwebs and dead flies A human being, or a strange kind of beast never seen before Told in lyrical prose, Skellig is a mystery, an adventure, and a family story, in which Michael learns about nature, poetry, and the healing power of love.

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      • David Almond

        David Almond is a British children s writer who has penned several novels, each one to critical acclaim He was born and raised in Felling and Newcastle in post industrial North East England and educated at the University of East Anglia When he was young, he found his love of writing when some short stories of his were published in a local magazine He started out as an author of adult fiction before finding his niche writing literature for young adults.His first children s novel, Skellig 1998 , set in Newcastle, won the Whitbread Children s Novel of the Year Award and also the Carnegie Medal His subsequent novels are Kit s Wilderness 1999 , Heaven Eyes 2000 , Secret Heart 2001 , The Fire Eaters 2003 and Clay 2005 His first play aimed at adolescents, Wild Girl, Wild Boy, toured in 2001 and was published in 2002 His works are highly philosophical and thus appeal to children and adults alike Recurring themes throughout include the complex relationships between apparent opposites such as life and death, reality and fiction, past and future forms of education growing up and adapting to change the nature of the self He has been greatly influenced by the works of the English Romantic poet William Blake.He is an author often suggested on National Curriculum reading lists in the United Kingdom and has attracted the attention of academics who specialise in the study of children s literature.Almond currently lives with his family in Northumberland, England.Awards Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing 2010.


    1. Well, that was excellent. This book is a brief mouthful of myth and hope and atmosphere. Reasons to read it?1. There's a magical, irritable man in the narrator's garage. He likes Chinese take out and dead mice.2. There is a wise and judgmental girl-neighbor who becomes the narrator's best friend.3. There is no kissing.4. There is warming family dynamic: the narrator is afraid his sickly baby sister will die.5. There are teachers and parents and grown-ups who aren't idiots, assholes, or antagonis [...]

    2. My daughter stands in front of her overflowing bookshelf, where her brothers put books they consider "for younger readers". What shall I read? She only has about eight books on a pile next to her bed, so it is definitely a question of existential importanceShe finds Skellig, takes it out, and I am secretly watching her, knowing she will be in for a rare treat!This is a beautiful book, not only for children. Michael's life has been turned upside down by the serious illness of his baby sister. At [...]

    3. I read this about ten years ago now, and I’d completely forgotten about how much I loved it at the time. As soon as I picked it up and began reading it again I remembered why. The story of the rebirth of Skellig is a wonderful little tale; it is an allegory for the ever evolving nature of man, and how perhaps he may not have reached his full evolutionary potential. I didn’t realise this at the time when I first read because I was only ten, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Therefore, this is a b [...]

    4. Onvan : Skellig (Skellig, #1) - Nevisande : David Almond - ISBN : 440229081 - ISBN13 : 9780440229087 - Dar 208 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 1998

    5. 3.5 stars. Lovely little fable, only 170 pages I finished it pretty quickly and really enjoyed it. Sweet tale of friendship, family, love and imagination. Michael finds what he assumes to be a homeless man - hiding out in the garage of the new house he has moved into with his parents and baby sister.What follows is a tremendous story of this man - known as Skellig, and the change he brings about both physically and emotionally to Michael's family, without ever being seen by anyone other than Mic [...]

    6. "David Almond's lyrical tale of the angel Skellig is written with delicacy and restraint, and tells a story of love and faith with exquisite, heart-fluttering tenderness. It is an extraordinarily profound book, no matter how old the reader."—Chair of the Whitbread Judging PanelTen year old Michael is not a happy boy. His family have moved into a dilapidated home in Falconer Road, which is in bad need of repair. Previously owned by a deceased old man called Ernie, the yard is completely overgro [...]

    7. I read this because in one of Nick Hornby's Believer columns he mentioned this was supposed to be the best YA book of all time. I don't know where he got this information, maybe from the ALA or some other three letter group. He gave it a glowing review so I thought I'd read it. My first thought after reading it was that if it had been an adult novel I would have loved it. As a novel it felt more like a very nice sketch of an interesting and magical story than what I would like from a finished bo [...]

    8. I wept. Buckets. And was happier for it.My son had this book for a school project so I read it to help him out. He had to prise it from my fingers after an hour and a half, and I wanted to go back and read it again. It embodies all that I think is good in Young Adult fiction, an unspoiled, simple but honest and direct approach - the themes are complex, but the storytelling is pure. I think adult fiction is just too pretentious sometimes, and this shows how a story can be emotive, mystical and wi [...]

    9. im no teen, so i cant adequately judge this. it seems more interesting than some of the teen fiction books out back when i was wee, but more like a fable or a fairy tale than a full length novel. not a waste of an hour and a half.

    10. Elegant cover,Superb title,and what a story! ♡ Absolutely brilliant. I truly adore this loving, fascinating & quick read book.

    11. It's hard to be a cynic, much less a hatah when you have something pure like this. This may not be my favorite book, but I can't say that I didn't enjoy giving up a few hours on a Wednesday night to visit Michael's world.When I was little and told to say my prayers (by hypocritical lapsed catholics, by the way) I would start by asking that my family be safe (yeah, that didn't work out so well now, did it?) and then hit the trivial things like asking that Jimmy Watts would notice me or maybe my m [...]

    12. I have to say if you asked me last week whether I had read Skellig by David Almond I would have looked at you blankly for a bit and then said “Well, I have a feeling I read it in primary school. No, I definitely did. But I can’t really remember what happens in it.”I realise that that kind of means that I saw it as forgettable but please bear in mind it was about thirteen years ago and I have a horrible memory for books. Seriously, I can forget my favourite books that I’ve only just put d [...]

    13. I read this book because of its review in one of Nick Hornby's Believer columns. His high praise and its referencing of William Blake sold me. It's an imaginative tale, touching and sweet but not saccharine; simply told, but with lots to think about; and suitable for its target audience of ages 8 to 12, but interesting enough for an adult (me) to keep reading and thinking. Plus I learned some new things about owls.The story reminds me a little bit of something Neil Gaiman might write; but despit [...]

    14. Check out this review on my blog - Random Melon Reads 6.258965 starsI first read Skellig a number of years ago and instantly fell in love with it. I was fortunate enough to not have the story pushed on me at school and instead find it on my own after leaving school. I now read it at least once every year. It is by far one of my all time favourite stories ever. The past couple of reads have been listening to the audiobook during my daily walks/train journeys and it’s just delightful.Skellig is, [...]

    15. Dear Amber, I fear my feelings about Skellig are going to disappoint you. I didn't love it. Now that could be because it came to me too late in life to truly adore the story of the strange owl/angel/man, or perhaps I am too damn jaded, or it could just be that I no longer seem able to completely enjoy something just for the sake of enjoyment. I don't like that about me, but there it is. Don't get me wrong. I liked Skellig plenty. I liked it enough that I've recommended it to Te and Los, and Scou [...]

    16. I audiobook'd this because it was so short I could finish it in less than a week and because I have been on this YAF kick for the last three decades or so. The audio book is read by the author, who has a delightful accent, which greatly enriched my audio book experience. The plot is far from terribly original. Boy's life is in upheaval (new house, new neighborhood, new neighbors, new baby sister). Boy makes new friend. Boy finds something magical, shares with new friend, has enlightening, magica [...]

    17. This is a truly magical book, dealing with big issues such as illness and friendship. Michael has moved to a new home and is also having to cope with the fact that his baby sister is very ill. He discovers a strange man, Skellig, living in his garage and, along with his new friend Mina, tries to help him. Skellig is more than he seems though and might just be able to help Michael too. The imagery that David Almond uses throughout the book really bring it to life and it's no surprise that it won [...]

    18. This is a remarkable book. Some may think it a childrens book but it is so much more.Never have I read something that is so simple, but with an intense underlying message. To explain the plot would be an evident spoiler, other than to say that the need of everyone is different but leads to an inherent whole from the birds to the people and more, a need for change. Oh and as for Skellig himself Thanks to Sean the bookworm whos review (which is far better than mine) made me buy the book on my way [...]

    19. This book is mysterious. It is thought-provoking. It creates many questions and offers no obvious solutions. It makes me cringe and yet want to keep reading. Somehow all of this works together to create a piece of beauty. The characters are dynamic and fascinating, and the scenes are crafted exceptionally well. I don't know what else to say, but it is just one of those books that everyone should read once both because it is so interesting but also because the novel deserves so much credit!

    20. I've read some of the positive and negative reviews, and frankly agree wholeheartedly with the positive ones, and am puzzled by the negative. This is one of those types of young adult fiction novels that folks of all ages can enjoy, and take something great away from the experience. There aren't cruel parents; they are loving and caring, and sometimes fallible. There aren't cruel children, just confused, joyful, emotional, and fearful REAL ones. There aren't cruel teachers, but caring and intere [...]

    21. Can safely say, I'm in the 'Skellig is awesome' camp after a few people mentioning it's a marmite kinda book. Not sure what our UKS2 children would make of it though - might try and encourage some of next years Year 6s to give it a go.

    22. Bueno, eso fue mágico. Amé este libro tanto como amé Mina, (aunque quizá Mina tenga un poco más de espacio en mi corazón). Estoy totalmente enamorado de la lírica de David Almond, cada capítulo tiene su propia magia y su propia fuerza, y la historia es simplemente bellísima. Amo los temas que abordó el libro: vida, muerte, amistad, amor, familia ¿qué más se puede pedir? Incluso retoma un poco a la mitología.Es de esos libros que volveré a leer en otro momento de mi vida. Y que inc [...]

    23. 2.5 starsThis was just weird. It's very difficult to rate because it's just so strange, so I'm rating it based on how much I enjoyed it, which was not very much. Aside from Mina, none of the characters were very likeable, and I didn't get the whole angel thing, plus the writing was dull. Not recommended.

    24. Такива книги като "Скелиг" ти напомнят, че трябва да цениш това, което имаш, по един интересен и ексцентричен начин.

    25. Recently, I wrote about how certain authors just didn't connect with me, even though they are extremely well-reviewed.A variant of this reading phenomenon has occurred in my community with David Almond. Skellig doesn't really go out very much, but I thought it was one of the most extraordinary and lyrical YA novels I'd read in a long time. I also really enjoyed Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, although I think that I am the only person, to date, to have actually checked it out of the library. That's such [...]

    26. After looking at the length of this book, and reading the synopsis, I thought it was just another run-of-the-mill fantasy story. However, I was amazed at how much story and feeling David Almond was able to discuss in the short duration of the novel. He effortlessly contrasted light and dark, all the time making his characters human and believable. I was especially surprised at his ability to intertwine the poetry of William Blake, as well as some Greek mythology and archaeology, into the realist [...]

    27. Skellig is a fiction book with a lot of twist and turns. A 10 year-old boy named Michael has moved into a new neighborhood.Michael is a very adventurous boy that likes to play football with his friends and help the family. He also has an ill baby wiser that was ben to early and is in and out of the hospital. He has a mysterious creature in his garage of his new home. Is it a bird? is it a man? is it a angel? His name is Skellig. Skellig has Mina is Michaels neighbor who loves birds. Mina is the [...]

    28. на щастя, людство ніколи не виросте з казок. у людства завжди лишиться талант розповідати – і вміння слухати – неймовірні історії про те, наприклад, що лопатки у нас лишилися від крил (або чекають, поки ми розів'ємо собі крила), чи про те, що, якщо дуже старанно вслухатися, мож [...]

    29. A beautiful book. The characters were great and the writing was lovely, to anyone who enjoyed this I would recommend that they read 'My Name is Mina' which is a prequel, in my opinion even better than Skellig.

    30. This book seems to be at a crossroads: the subject matter is complex but the writing is simple. It is as if the author was not sure whether to make this an Elementary or a Young Adult novel. I liked the mystery surrounding the Skellig; what was he after all?

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