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Bromley, Kent

Review from Lucy of Skellig by David Almond Carnegie winner 1998
Skellig Review: Skellig was an interesting book. Published in 1998, I was reminded of other books - Bridge to Terabithia (Paterson) / Chocolate Box Girls (Cassidy) / Narnia (Lewis) - that had a similar feel. The wild and creative nature of Mina is beautiful and her friendship with the lost Michael keeps a natural, un-romantic tangent that is so refreshing in young books at the moment. Almond’s writing was basic but this was put into use as it showed off the abstract and intricate storyline of the angel. Links to everyday culture like the Chinese menu and alcohol was funny and clever. However, this is a much bigger story then its mere 176 pages. It’s firstly telling the story of Michael’s parents dealing with an ill child and a new house. It is also telling Michael’s story - his ill sister, school friends who don’t understand him, this strange girl next door and a creature at the end of the garden. You also have Mina’s story - a love of many things (currently birds), a single mum, home school and the need of a friend her age (that she finds in Michael). Almond manages to bring so many elements to the story, yet all these factors are connected by Skellig. Skellig is weird, but wonderful and yet mean. But he has a heart and by the end of story, you see the slow transformation, leaving everyone in a better place than where they started. Skellig is special because it can be read in so many different ways, by so many different demographics. Although this is aimed for a younger audience, I really enjoyed it and Almond’s writing
Posted on: 23 Mar 2017