Sunday, April 19, 2009

BOOK: Skellig by David Almond

Skellig by David Almond, 182 pages

young adult challenge; herding cats

Slim little book that I first read about in Shakespeare Wrote For Money, by Nick Hornby. Rather mystical, with angels and a mysterious man living in the garage. Michael, feeling left out and worried about his sick baby sister, makes a new friend, Mina, and they have great faith and trust in the creature they find in the garage. Eleven year olds are still young enough to just accept what they see, and yet old enough to deal with grown up issues too.

Not the book for you if you like traditional plots, or stories fully explained at the end, but if you believe in miracles, or have faith in the characters, and are able to just 'be' a part of the story, this one might work for you. My nine year old daughter was intrigued by the owls on the cover and is planning to read it. I'll add her thoughts if she gets through it.

other reviews:
where troubles melt like lemon drops
Valentina’s Room
Working Title


  1. This sounds really interesting - as does the Nick Hornby by the way, they're both been added to my list! Thanks, I think. :-)

  2. joanna - Hornby writes great essays about books and reading. Skellig is a very quick read, and so are the Hornby's so I don't feel too bad adding them to your list.

  3. I don't usually like "miracle" books, but I did like this one. I think it was the character of Skellig.

  4. This book is waiting for me to pick it up at the library! I will be interested to see what I think!

  5. Found your site through Michelle at Fluttering butterflies. The book you reviewed caught my eye. I am desperate to read this book and will have to get it. Fab review.

  6. I heard about this book too by reading Hornby. It's been on my radar ever since, but I can never seem to find it in the bookstore. :( Maybe I'll get lucky some time soon.

  7. They made a tv adaptation of Skellig and showed it over Easter here. I recorded it by I think I'd really like to read the book first. It sounds interesting.

  8. I missed the tv adaptation but will try and get the dvd and the book as I think I will really enjoy it plus Nick Hornby liked it. Thanks for the review.


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