Author: David Almond.
Year of Publication: 1998 (UK).
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books (UK).
Format: Available in paperback, an ebook, and an audio book.
Cost for Paperback (RRP): £5.99 (UK).
Age Range: All ages.
This is the first book in a series.
This book has won several awards, and even been turned into a film called Skellig (in North America, I think it has the name Skellig: The Owl Man).
It’s a great book, and not too long, so it doesn’t take long to read. It follows a young boy called Michael, who’s moved into a new house which is falling apart with his parents and his baby sister who is gravely ill. One day shortly after moving in he discovers an old man hiding in his garage who he presumes is homeless.
Instead of telling his parents, he lets the man stay and takes him food. Growing more distant from his parents and his friends, the only person Michael has to talk to is the strange home schooled girl across the road called Mina. He introduces her to the strange man, with stumps on his back, and the two friends set out to discover who- or what -the man really is.
What they discover changes everything, not just for themselves, but for Michael’s little sister too.
The second book is called My Name is Mina, and is a prequel which focuses on the strange girl across the road, in the months before Michael arrives in his new home.
“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain.