Stock Image
Skellig - SIGNED: Almond, David

Skellig - SIGNED

Almond, David

18,193 ratings by Goodreads
ISBN 10: 0340716002 / ISBN 13: 9780340716007
Published by Hodder, 1998
Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
From Mungobooks (Poole, United Kingdom)

AbeBooks Seller Since March 9, 2007

Quantity Available: 1

Buy Used
Price: US$ 108.54 Convert Currency
Shipping: US$ 12.32 From United Kingdom to U.S.A. Destination, Rates & Speeds
Add to basket

30 Day Return Policy

About this Item

1st edition 1st printing paperback original in near fine condition. SIGNED by the author on the title page. Previous owner's neat name written on front endpaper. One tiny nick to title page caused by author when he opened it for signing - comes with event ticket loosely inserted. Not a book club edition, ex library or a remainder. I am happy to supply scans. Bookseller Inventory # 000538

Ask Seller a Question

Bibliographic Details

Title: Skellig - SIGNED

Publisher: Hodder

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

About this title

Synopsis:

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. 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 . . .

Review:

"I thought he was dead. He was sitting with his legs stretched out and his head tipped back against the wall. He was covered with dust and webs like everything else and his face was thin and pale. Dead bluebottles were scattered on his hair and shoulders. I shined the flashlight on his white face and his black suit."

This is Michael's introduction to Skellig, the man-owl-angel who lies motionless behind the tea chests in the abandoned garage in back of the boy's dilapidated new house. As disturbing as this discovery is, it is the least of Michael's worries. The new house is a mess, his parents are distracted, and his brand-new baby sister is seriously ill. Still, he can't get this mysterious creature out of his mind--even as he wonders if he has really seen him at all. What unfolds is a powerful, cosmic, dreamlike tale reminiscent of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time. British novelist David Almond works magic as he examines the large issues of death, life, friendship, love, and the breathtaking connections between all things.

Amidst the intensity and anxiety of his world, Michael is a normal kid. He goes to school, plays soccer, and has friends with nicknames like Leakey and Coot. It's at home where his life becomes extraordinary, with the help of Skellig and Mina, the quirky, strong-willed girl next door with "the kind of eyes you think can see right through you." Mina and her mother's motto is William Blake's "How can a bird that is born for joy / Sit in a cage and sing?" This question carries us through the book, as we see Michael's baby sister trapped in a hospital incubator; as we see the exquisite, winged Skellig crumpled in the garage; as we meet Mina's precious blackbird chicks and the tawny owls in her secret attic; and as we finally see a braver, bolder Michael spread his wings and fly. Skellig was the Whitbread Award's 1998 Children's Book of the Year, and this haunting novel is sure to resonate with readers young and old. (Ages 10 and older) --Karin Snelson

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Store Description

Web orders only

Visit Seller's Storefront

Terms of Sale:

Mungobooks
15 Burton Rd
BH13 6DT
If you have any questions best way to contact me is by Email: mungobooks2@googlemail.com
01202 518 368


Shipping Terms:

Orders usually ship within 2 business days. Shipping costs are based on books weighing 1.75 LB, or 0.75 KG. If your book order is heavy or oversized, we may contact you to let you know extra shipping is required.

List this Seller's Books

Payment Methods
accepted by seller

Visa Mastercard American Express

Check Money Order Bank/Wire Transfer