As a WBN Volunteer, I will be handing out copies of Skellig by David Almond to various people.
I’m very excited and honoured to be accepted as a giver once again. I hope this wonderful book will encourage parents to read with and/or to their kids, as I do with Tadpole and Choochie – I feel it’s a book that has much that could promote discussion in families as well as being enjoyed by everyone together. I certainly plan to read it with Tadpole.
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. 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 won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children’s Book Award and is now a major Sky1 feature film, starring Tim Roth and John Simm. David Almond is also winner of the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen award.
Skellig is a truly magical piece of storytelling and a book loved by young and old alike. It’s something like a modern fairytale celebrating the redemptive power of love and the imagination, strange and beautiful friendships and the natural world. Great for introducing young adults to the pleasure and power of reading.