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Skellig 15th Anniversary Edition

by David Almond

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Special hardback gift edition celebrating 15 years of Skellig - one of the best-known, most-awarded debut children's novels of the past 20 years.

This is a wonderfully eerie and magical story about believing in something extra special and why it may make a difference. It’s full of happiness and sadness but ultimately it’s incredibly fulfilling. Winner of the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Book of the Year as well as a string of international prizes.


Skellig 15th Anniversary Edition Synopsis

To celebrate 15 year of this internationally successful, multi-award-winning novel, a beautiful clothbound edition, with newly commissioned artwork, and special features: - essays by David Almond on the conception and writing of Skellig - exclusive first UK publication of the short story that links Skellig with Mina - the poetry of Skellig - two complete William Blake poems - Skellig: a life - how the novel has transcended the page to become an opera and a film.

When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain. Then he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage, 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 15th Anniversary Edition Press Reviews

This modern classic has been reissued in a beautiful 15th anniversary edition. - The Sunday Telegraph

A short, fun, exciting read with twists and turns, suspense and mysteries. - Magnet Magazine

Sublime. A book to re-read over and over, yet never loses a smidgen of wonder. Essential... one of the great novels. - School Librarian

A story full of heart and magic and big confusing emotions, elegantly told by a master craftsman. A perfect piece of art. - Big Issue

This mystical novel is an ideal read for early teens, whilst also gripping adults alike. - Vantage

A modern classic and this edition is one to treasure. - tBk Mag

One of those books that you can't put down -- Junior Reviewer Conor Neison, aged 12 - Evening Echo (Cork)

A modern classic Listed as on the of the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels) - The Daily Telegraph

A beautiful story which will enchant young and old alike - Western Morning News

Powerful and moving -

Deservedly popular - The Observer

A bookshelf essential. - The Guardian

I can't eat a chinese takeaway without thinking about this strange and beautiful book about an angel who seems to have lost his way. -- Gill Harvey - The Big Issue

Voted Carnegie Medal's Number one Top Book of the past 70 years - The Times

A visionary story...a lyrical, magical kind of book which can be read on many different levels - The Daily Mail

Humorous, heart-stopping and emotional roller-coaster of a read with a cliff-hanger of a conclusion. Inspired and inspiring. - Newcastle Journal

Touched with a visionary intensity, this strange, hugely readable and life-affirming tale exercises every muscle of the imagination - The Guardian

A story full of heart and magic and big confusing emotions, elegantly told by a master craftsman. A perfect piece of art -- Lucy Christopher - Big Issue (london)

Brings Magical Realism to working-class Northeast England - i (The Independent)

An exquisite book - The Sunday Telegraph

Refusing to read this book on the grounds that you are not a child makes as much sense as refusing to read crime fiction because you are not a criminal. A deep and lovely book. -- Nick Hornby - The Times

Hard to put down -- Liz Lightfoot - The Daily Telegraph

The sort of children's book that makes adults find excuses to read more of them - Times Educational Supplement

An exquisitely crafted book with a mystical core - The Daily Telegraph

This modern classic has been reissued in a beautiful 15th anniversary edition -- Lorna Bradbury - The Sunday Telegraph

The book I wish I'd written is Skellig by David Almond. Almond's book has a great sense of the mysterious; we are left with a sense of wonder. I wish that I had written it! -- Joseph Delaney - Books For Keeps

Lyrical, innovative and moving...unforgettably moving -- Cressida Cowell - Sunday Express

Lyrical, innovative and unforgettably moving. - Sunday Express (Cressida Cowell)

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ISBN: 9781444914757
Publication date: 05/09/2013
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444914757
Publication date: 5th September 2013
Author: David Almond
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback
Genres: Children's Fiction,
Collections: 100+ Children’s Books to Read as an Adult - Grown-up But Never Outgrown.,

About David Almond

In March 2010 David Almond won The Hans Christian Andersen Award which is presented every other year to a living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature.   Julia Eccleshare on David Almond: One of the best-loved and finest writers of today, David Almond made an immediate impact with Skellig, his first book. The moving story of a boy’s discovery of a strange creature in the shed which can be interpreted in many ways introduced some to the recurrent themes of David Almond’s writing. Infused with a touch of magic ...

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