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Skellig by David Almond
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Jan 04, 11

Read in January, 2000

J ALMOND

Brandi-4 stars

In Almond's first novel for young readers, he tells a tale of a family newly moved into a wreck of a house and their struggles with their ill infant. Michael (main character) is fearful for his sister's life, and isn't watched too closely by his distracted parents. He discovers an "extraordinary" creature - at first glance appearing to be an arthritic man - in the condemned shed near their house. Drawn to the very strange being, Michael brings him food and tries to get more infomrmation about his history out of him.
Not sure if he is dreaming the man or not, Michael brings his friend Nina to see him. Nina is strong-willed, spirited, and believes in miracles as easily as she believes every-day occurences. Together, Michael and Nina develop a relationship with Skellig, the creature from the shed, and the storyline with intriguing charaters makes for a compelling read.
I loved the magical/miraculous elements of this novel - something I've seen before in Almond's writing. He has a great ability to ground the unbelievable in every day life, allowing the reader to experience them along with the characters.
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