Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Skellig: a review

by David Almond

Michael's baby sister is ill, and to top it off, he's had to move from his old home to a new one, a real fixer-upper. In the garage he finds a mysterious man with a secret. With the help of a new friend he tries to find a way to save his sister and rescue the mystery man.

This was a lovely story. I won't presume to say what it is about, but to me it says something about family and love and a great deal about wonder and hope. While I could have done without some of the emphasis on evolution, it was still a beautiful book. I liked that Almond was able to include a character who is homeschooled but is not antisocial or psychotic and is in fact wise beyond her years. I picked this one up on a whim but I'll definitely keep my eye out for more of his books from now on.


DebD said...

I've put this on my GoodREads list. It sounds like a very interesting book. Have you read Ishmael by Daniel Quinn? Another "think outside the box" book that really made me think. Its been a very long time since I read it, but I still remember it.

MaureenE said...

I have not read that. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.