Winning Year: 1998
Author: David Almond
Title: Skellig

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