Winning Year: 1998
Author: David Almond
Title: Skellig

Original Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Current Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780340944950
In Print

Michael's baby sister is ill. Her condition becomes life-threatening and the family faces the nightmare of an operation to save her life. Michael turns to his new friend Mina and the strange being, Skellig, who has been living beneath the crumbling garage at the family's new home. Is Skellig a man, an owl or an angel? Is he good or evil?

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David was born in Newcastle and grew up in a big Catholic family in Felling-on-Tyne. He grew up with four sisters and a brother, with lots of relatives living in the streets nearby. His dad was in Burma during World War Two and married David's mum in the late 1940s. His dad became an office manager in an engineering factory. His mum was a shorthand typist until she had the children. They moved several times when he was a child, but always within Felling-on-Tyne.

He now lives with his family in Northumberland. They live just beyond the Roman Wall, which for centuries marked the place where civilisation ended and the wilderness began.




An ok book, i don't however believe it was worthy enough to be a carnegie winner. Good read for children under the age of 12

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Adored this book.left myself and my 10 yr old son speechless

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Skellig is quiet a diffrent book, it is a fantasy book with reality thrown in and just a touch of horror because the person in the garage eats spiders and mice! i dont like that kind of book, but many others do. It is more of a boys book than a girls book!

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I think this is an amazing book about love for people and protecting. sometimes it is complicated but it is understandable. may the force be with you

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A wonderful book and great for about ages 9 -12 about a angel who is not very powerful until some children help him.........

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Josie D


I really enjoyed reading this book, i like it so much because it is mixed with fantasy (skellig) and the reality of the little boy-michael. I think it's really nice the way he's so diferent with the girl-mina and then his friends. This book definetely deserved to win the carnegie medal.

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This unique book is about a boy who finds a creature in his garage. He and his friend mina, try to communicate with this animal. Their discovery about skellig is life changing.

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A wonderful book, a thought provoking story about trust, faith and feelings cleverly told through the eyes of a young boy. One of my favourite books of all time.

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Deeply moving story told in david almond's inimitable magical realist style about the power of love and faith. Unforgettable

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