David Almond’s Printz Honor–winning novel is a captivating modern classic.
Ten-year-old Michael was looking forward to moving into a new house. But now his baby sister is ill, his parents are frantic, and Doctor Death has come to call. Michael feels helpless. Then 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 before seen? The only person Michael can confide in is his new friend, Mina. Together they carry the creature out into the light, and Michael’s world changes forever. . . .
About the Author
David Almond has received several major international awards, including a Hans Christian Andersen Award, a Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Awards, an Eleanor Farjeon Award, and a Michael L. Printz Award. He is known worldwide as the author of Skellig, Clay, and many other novels, stories, and plays. With Candlewick, he is the author of The True Tale of the Monster Billy Dean, as well as The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers; The Savage, Slog s Dad, and Mouse Bird Snake Wolf, all illustrated by Dave McKean; and My Dad s a Birdman and The Boy Who Climbed Into the Moon, both illustrated by Polly Dunbar. David Almond lives in England with his family.
Skellig is the winner of the 1998 British Whitbread Award for Children's Literature.
Praise for Skellig:
"The author adroitly interconnects the threads of the story...to Skellig, whose history and reason for being are open to readers' interpretations.... [T]he story brightens dramatically as Michael's loving, life-affirming spirit begins to work miracles."
--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"The plot pivots on the question of what Skellig is....The beauty here is that there is no answer and readers will be left to wonder and debate, and make up their own minds. A lovingly done, thought-provoking novel."
--School Library Journal, starred review
"The marvelous and the everyday mix in haunting, memorable ways."
--Kirkus Reviews, pointer
"Some of the writing takes one's breath away, especially the scenes in which Almond, without flinching, describes the beauty and the horror that is Skellig."
--Booklist, starred review
"I read this luminous novel with a sense of wonder, and it's left an imprint on my mind--and, yes, my heart--that will not easily, if ever, fade. In fact, I think Skellig deserves that risky adjective--unforgettable."
--Robert Cormier, author