Skellig by David Almond
(Printz Honor)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 15 Critic Reviews

unrated

Synopsis

David Almond’s Printz Honor–winning novel celebrates its 10th anniversary!

Ten-year-old Michael was looking forward to moving into a new house. But now his baby sister is ill, his parents are frantic, and Doctor Death has come to call. Michael feels helpless. Then he steps into the crumbling garage. . . . What is this thing beneath the spiders' webs and dead flies? A human being, or a strange kind of beast never before seen? The only person Michael can confide in is his new friend, Mina. Together, they carry the creature out into the light, and Michael's world changes forever. . . .


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About David Almond

See more books from this Author
DAVID ALMOND lives in England.
 
Published November 13, 2001 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Skellig

The Guardian

See more reviews from this publication

Omar Ebrahim is outstanding as the arthritic angel: his emergence from a heap of old sacks prompts squeals of disgust from the young audience, and he is required to employ the full extent of his baritone range from guttural grunting to unearthly falsetto.

Nov 26 2008 | Read Full Review of Skellig (Printz Honor)

The Guardian

See more reviews from this publication

In Almond's book, Michael, a young boy, whose life is in turmoil, finds a grumpy sick man called Skellig living in his garage.

Jan 05 2010 | Read Full Review of Skellig (Printz Honor)

Examiner

The prequel to this book, called "My Name is Mina", travels backward in time to explain the story of a supporting character in "Skellig" named Mina.

Jun 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Skellig (Printz Honor)

The Bookbag

The scenes of Michael and his friends playing football will strike an immediate chord for anyone with sons yet those where Michael and Mina dance in the air with Skellig are mystical, poetic, dreamlike and the magic is made stronger because the story is anchored so firmly in the real world.

Oct 07 2010 | Read Full Review of Skellig (Printz Honor)

Teen Reads

Mina's mother uses the myths to entertain and instruct Mina and Michael, and the rebirth of Persephone comes to be an important symbol for Michael as he deals with his sister's illness.

Apr 28 2009 | Read Full Review of Skellig (Printz Honor)

Common Sense Media

And as Michael's mother keeps vigil by the baby's hospital bed, Michael begins to feel his sister's heart beating within his own, and Skellig appears in his mother's dreams as well.

| Read Full Review of Skellig (Printz Honor)

SFFWorld.com

I would give the book a nine out of ten overall (May 18, 2003) My favourite part of this book was at the beginning when Michael first met Skellig.

Nov 30 2003 | Read Full Review of Skellig (Printz Honor)

SFFWorld.com

(though it might not be new anymore) Page - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.

Dec 12 2002 | Read Full Review of Skellig (Printz Honor)

SFFWorld.com

Page - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.

May 13 2006 | Read Full Review of Skellig (Printz Honor)

SFFWorld.com

(Mar 08, 2004) The book Skellig, is such a well written book.

Mar 08 2004 | Read Full Review of Skellig (Printz Honor)

SFFWorld.com

Page - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 - 11 - 12 - 13 Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.

Apr 04 2003 | Read Full Review of Skellig (Printz Honor)

SFFWorld.com

(Apr 21, 2009) I didn’t like Skellig as much as I thought I would, it was predictable and boring.

Apr 21 2009 | Read Full Review of Skellig (Printz Honor)

Time Out New York

Science and spirituality—two subjects that usually oppose each other—come together in radiant metaphysical harmony in Skellig, David Almond's stage adaptation of his award-winning children's novel, which arrives in New York courtesy of Britain's Birmingham Stage Company.

Mar 08 2011 | Read Full Review of Skellig (Printz Honor)

SFX

As a result, Skellig feels grounded and real in a way that stories of this type almost never manage, it’s fantastic elements grounded by the realism around them and the realism lifted by the magic.

Apr 11 2009 | Read Full Review of Skellig (Printz Honor)

Cabinet Des Fees

Mina has her own secrets — a dead father, a boarded-​​up house — but she anchors Michael into the place of his new home, the birds that surround them, and an idea of poetry.

Dec 15 2011 | Read Full Review of Skellig (Printz Honor)

Reader Rating for Skellig
81%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 263 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×