by David Almond

Reading Age: 11+

Interest level: 10+

by David Almond

When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain. Then, exploring a ramshackle garage with new-found friend Mina, he finds something magical. A strange creature - part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael's help if he is to survive.


With Mina's help, Michael nourishes Skellig back to health. The creature is ill-mannered, with questionable personal hygiene, but persevering in their kindness towards him, Michael and Mina find a bond forms betwen them that will change their lives forveer.


This unusual and captivating novel from critically-acclaimed children's author David Almond won both the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. A contemporary classic, it has the power to captivate both adults and children alike.


Publisher: Hodder Children's Books

About the author

  • David Almond

    David Almond is the highly acclaimed author of Skellig, The Savage, Clay, My Name Is Mina, My Dad's a Birdman, Slog's Dad and many other novels, stories and plays. His books are translated into almost forty languages and are widely adapted for stage and screen. His numerous awards include the Carnegie Medal, two Whitbread Children's Book Awards and Le Prix Sorcieres, and in 2010 he gained the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international prize for children's authors. David lives with his family in Hexham, Northumberland.

    David Almond
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Awesome book

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13 May 2017

this book is so so good I really injoyed it I read it with my whole class we only finshed it today I love every single thing about it

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14 March 2017

I loved it, it was amazing. I love the book, it builds soo much tension

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28 January 2017

it is a really interesting book and it gets better and better throughout the whole book, in my opinion it is a very suitable book for teens.

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17 January 2017

Amazing!!!! I am halfway through reading it in class and am tempted to get it on the kindle so I can read it without stopping

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