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Hodder Literature: Skellig

By | Copyright Year:2005 | ISBN-13: 9780340905548

Winner of the 1998 Whitbread Children's Book Award

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

When a move to a new house coincides with his baby sister's illness, Michael's world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain.

Then, one Sunday afternoon, he stumbles into the old, ramshackle garage of his new home, and finds something magical. A strange creature - part owl, part angel, a being who needs Michael's help if he is to survive - Skellig.

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 forever.


Chapters One to Forty-Six


Wide scope for language and narrative analysis - dialogue, characterisation, scientific versus poetic language, the first person narrator

Extensive opportunities for work on symbolism and imagery - birds, angels, evolution, myths, science and imagination

Excellent introduction to magical realism and wider discussions on genre and technique