Skellig

David Almond

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 – Skellig. 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 is a really great book stuffed with adventure, mystery and suspense. Michael moves house and while exploring, discovers something very strange in the shed. Michael then meets the mysterious Mina who loves birds and even acts like them in strange ways. They become friends and together, help the mysterious creature in the garage while constantly worrying for Michael’s prematurely born baby sister who may die. My favourite part was when Michael and Mina finally were able to take Skellig into an old building after Skellig has been teetering on the brink of death for ages!

This book is fantastic for anyone who loves an easy read, jam-packed with adventure. Apart from the great features this book possesses, this book wouldn’t be great for younger readers since it contains some complicated words and no pictures to help in their understanding. There is also a little swearing, but nothing major!

Verdict: Congratulations to David Almond and a little bit to William Blake, the famous poet who also features in this book.

Reviewed by Jack (11)

Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Publication Date: August 1998
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
Genre: Fantasy
Age: Middle Grade
Reviewer: Jack (11)
Source: Borrowed
Challenge: British Book
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