Skellig by David Almond
Michael is living in a stage of upheaval and transition in his life: his parents have just moved to a rather derelict house, his unnamed baby sister is drastically ill, and the house is often visited by 'Doctor Death', the doctor sent to check up on his sister. On top of this, he now has to bus for school; the previous occupant of the house was dead for a week before anyone found him, and the outside garden is a wilderness. The garage in particular is a nightmare — slumping over, filled with junk and dead creatures, and liable to fall over any second. But Michael decides to have a peek inside, and finds an amazing discovery...
What is the strange creature hidden beneath the cobwebs and the dead flies? Is it a human, a bird or something else entirely? Calling itself Skellig, the strange being seems near death, and Michael longs to help it, feeling that in some strange way its fate is wrapped u... Read More
David Almond(1951- )
David Almond has written several novels for children. Skellig won the Carnegie Medal and Kit’s Wilderness won the 2001 Michael L. Printz Award, and Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly. Find out more about his books at David Almond’s website.
Skellig by David Almond
Kit’s Wilderness — (1999) Ages 9-12. Publisher: In Stoneygate there was a wilderness, an empty space between the houses and the river where the ancient coal pit had once been. In the wilderness Kit met Askew, with his wild dog, Jax. Askew who ran the game called Death. The wilderness where Kit begins to confront death — and life.
Clay — (2005) Young adult. Publisher: Another lyrical and gripping read from the multi-award winner, David Almond. With fascination, Davie and his best friend Geordie watch the arrival of a new boy, Stephen Rose, in their town. His history is a mystery, he seems to have come from nowhere, and when he arrives to live with his distant aunt, the local ‘loony’, ‘Crazy Mary’, no one envies him his new home. But perhaps he’s the answer to Davie and Geordie’s prayers — a secret weapon in their war against monstrous Mouldy and his gang? Intrigued by him, gradually Davie and Geordie befriend Stephen. But they are heading innocently down a dangerous path that brings with it a monster of an entirely unexpected nature. Their encounter with the mysterious Stephen is as incredible as it is menacing, and as the true shocking story of Stephen’s past slowly emerges, Davie’s life is changed forever.