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Skellig by David Almond

Skellig (1998)

by David Almond

Series: Skellig (1)

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Although we meet the character Mina, from My Name is Mina, Skellig is actually about a young boy Michael's experience with the unknown. Michael's baby sister is very sick and death seems to be looming all around. However, a mysterious stranger appears just as Michael seems to need something or someone to put his faith in. A reader's personal life will certainly bring out various meanings of the novel. I personally loved the beautiful allusions and religious messages submerged in this text. ( )
  KMClark | Jul 5, 2014 |
David Almond skillfully weaves a tale of friendship and fantasy in Skellig. Mina and Michael become fast friends by befriending Skellig, a creature that appears to be equal parts missing and mystical healer. Redemptive themes abound as love heals both Skellig, Michael, Mina and Michael's baby sister.

Junior high and middle school students seem to be the intended audience, but older youth and young at heart will glory in the rich tapestry of imagery and allusion woven throughout the textual tapestry of this book ( )
  Desirichter | Jul 3, 2014 |
I thoroughly enjoyed Skellig. I love that I was able to learn more about Mina and Michael's beautiful friendship. I would absolutely use this in my classroom. I love that it is up to the reader to determine what Skellig actually is. I still am not sure if I have decided yet. ( )
  Kbernard | Jun 29, 2014 |
Skellig, the magical and mysterious man in the garage is just one of several things young Michael must juggle as his baby sister ails, his old and new friends conflict, and his new home struggles to live up to its potential. Watching Michael successful navigate his troubles with kindness and love is very satisfying. ( )
  kradish | Jun 27, 2014 |
The opening sentence of the book really pulled me into the story. The story covers the themes of friendship, family, love, hope, and belief in dreams. It is told from the point of view of Michael, the young boy in the story. We see his hopes, fears, and dreams. It is a wonderful story of the power of love, friendship, and family. I am an immediate David Almond fan! ( )
  SuPendleton | Jun 6, 2014 |
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"I thought he was dead. He was sitting with his legs stretched out and his head tipped back against the wall. He was covered with dust and webs like everything else and his face was thin and pale. Dead bluebottles were scattered on his hair and shoulders. I shined the flashlight on his white face and his black suit."

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

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Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird and something like an angel.

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