Skellig by David Almond (group set, 7 books)

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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 for ever ...

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, the most prestigious international award for children's literature.

  • Literary novel, exquisitely crafted.
  • Themes: growing up, family, love, tolerance, grief, hope.
  • Note: there is one instance of the word 'bollocks' which is true to character and not used gratuitously. The television adaptation is rated PG.
  • Longer novel requires sustained reading between sessions, Best read as a class novel with key passages selected for guided reading.
  • 176 pages


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David Almond interviewed by Nikki Gamble

David Almond was born in Newcastle and grew up in a big Catholic family in Felling-on-Tyne. He had four sisters and a brother and lots of relatives in the streets nearby.  After an unhappy secondary education he went on to study English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia, David worked in several temporary jobs before training to be a teacher.

 David’s first book for young people, ‘Skellig’, was published in 1998. The book went on to win the prestigious Carnegie Medal.  It has since been adapted for stage and for television and has been transformed into an opera.

David Almond was awarded The Hans Christian Andersen Medal for writing, an international honour that is bestowed for a lifetime’s achievement. In the same year ‘My Name is Mina’ was published, a book in which Almond revisits one of the characters from ‘Skellig’ in order to tell her story.

In this interview he talks with Nikki Gamble about 'My Name is Mina', a prequel to 'Skellig',  and some of his thoughts about education.

You have  talked a little bit about Mina sitting on your shoulder as you wrote this book, can you tell us what you mean by that?

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