Skellig

Skellig

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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.show more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 129.54 x 210.82 x 12.7mm | 272.15g
  • AudioGO Limited
  • GALAXY
  • Bath, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type edition
  • 0754060667
  • 9780754060666

Review Text

Almond pens a powerful, atmospheric story: A pall of anxiety hangs over Michael (and his parents) as his prematurely born baby sister fights for her life. The routines of school provide some relief, when Michael can bear to go. His discovery, in a ramshackle outbuilding, of Skellig, a decrepit creature somewhere between an angel and an owl, provides both distraction and rejuvenation; he and strong-minded, home-schooled neighbor Mina nurse Skellig back to health with cod liver pills and selections from a Chinese take-out menu. While delineating characters with brilliant economy - Skellig's habit of laughing without smiling captures his dour personality perfectly - Almond adds resonance to the plot with small parallel subplots and enhances his sometimes transcendent prose ("'Your sister's got a heart of fire,'" comments a nurse after the baby survives a risky operation) with the poetry of and anecdotes about William Blake. The author creates a mysterious link between Skellig and the infant, then ends with proper symmetry, sending the former, restored, winging away as the latter comes home from the hospital. As in Berlie Doherty's Snake-Stone (1996) or many of Janet Taylor Lisle's novels, the marvelous and the everyday mix in haunting, memorable ways. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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15,977 ratings
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5 29% (4,589)
4 35% (5,555)
3 25% (3,945)
2 9% (1,367)
1 3% (521)
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