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I found him in the garage on a Sunday afternoon. It was the day after we moved into Falconer Road. The winter was ending. Mum had said we'd be moving just in time for the spring. Nobody else was there. Just me. The others were inside the house with Dr. Death, worrying about the baby.

He was lying there in the darkness behind the tea chests, in the dust and dirt. It was as if he'd been there forever. He was filthy and pale and dried out and I thought he was dead. I couldn't have been more wrong. I'd soon begin to see the truth about him, that there'd never been another creature like him in the world.

We called it the garage because that's what the real estate agent, Mr. Stone, called it. It was more like a demolition site or a rubbish dump or like one of those ancient warehouses they keep pulling down at the wharf. Stone led us down the garden, tugged the door open, and shined his little flashlight into the gloom. We shoved our heads in at the doorway with him.

"You have to see it with your mind's eye," he said. "See it cleaned, with new doors and the roof repaired. See it as a wonderful two-car garage."

He looked at me with a stupid grin on his face.

"Or something for you, lad-a hideaway for you and your pals. What about that, eh?"

I looked away. I didn't want anything to do with him. All the way round the house it had been the same. Just see it in your mind's eye. Just imagine what could be done. All the way round I kept thinking of the old man, Ernie Myers, that had lived here on his own for years. He'd been dead nearly a week before they found him under the table in the kitchen. That's what I saw when Stone told us about seeing with the mind's eye. He even said it when we got to the dining room and there was an old cracked toilet sitting there in the comer behind a plywood screen. I just wanted him to shut up, but he whispered that toward the end Ernie couldn't manage the stairs. His bed was brought in here and a toilet was put in so everything was easy for him. Stone looked at me like he didn't think I should know about such things. I wanted to get out, to get back to our old house again, but Mum and Dad took it all in. They went on like it was going to be some big adventure. They bought the house. They started cleaning it and scrubbing it and painting it. Then the baby came too early. And here we were.

Chapter 2

I NEARLY GOT INTO THE GARAGE that Sunday morning. I took my own flashlight and shined it in. The outside doors to the back lane must have fallen off years ago and there were dozens of massive planks nailed across the entrance. The timbers holding the roof were rotten and the roof was sagging in. The bits of the floor you could see between the rubbish were full of cracks and holes. The people that took the rubbish out of the house were supposed to take it out of the garage as well, but they took one look at the place and said they wouldn't go in it even for extra money. There were old chests of drawers and broken washbasins and bags of cement, ancient doors leaning against the walls, deck chairs with the cloth seats rotted away. Great rolls of rope and cable hung from nails. Heaps of water pipes and great boxes of rusty nails were scattered on the floor. Everything was covered in dust and spiders' webs. There was mortar that had fallen from the walls. 'There was a little window in one of the walls but it was filthy and there were rolls of cracked linoleum standing in front of it. The place stank of rot and dust. Even the bricks were crumbling like they couldn't bear the weight anymore. It was like the whole thing was sick of itself and would collapse in a heap and have to get bulldozed away.

I heard something scratching in one of the corners, and something scuttling about; then it all stopped and it was just dead quiet in there.

I stood daring myself to go in.

I was just going to slip inside when I heard Mum shouting at me

"Michael! What you doing?"
She was at the back door.
"Didn't we tell you to wait till we're sure it's

I stepped back and looked at her.
"Well, didn't we?" she shouted.
"Yes," I said.
"So keep out! All right?"
I shoved the door and it lurched half shut on its
single hinge.
"All right?" she yelled.
',All right,” said. "Yes. All right. All right."
"Do you not think we've got more to worry about than stupid you getting crushed in a stupid garage?

"Yes."
"You just keep out, then! Right?"
"Right. Right, right, right.
Then I went back into the wilderness we called garden and she went back to the stupid baby.

Revue de presse

"Its strength as a novel is in its subtlety. . . . Skellig is a fine book." — The New York Times Book Review

"British novelist Almond makes a triumphant debut in the field of children’s literature with prose that is at once eerie, magical, and poignant." — Publishers Weekly, Starred

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Par DC le 19 février 2015
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My children are 8 and 10 years old and they have books that they read to themselves and each other and then books that I read to them. I love David Almond. It's so wonderful to find a children's/young adults' writer that is actually enjoyable to read out loud to your kids. I find that most childrens' books have interesting or fun stories but horrible, or at best inoffensive, writing styles. David Almond's words are bewitching. In this climate of tablets and widespread ADD, I cannot describe the relief of seeing my children's faces, rapt, their eyes distant, hanging onto Mr. Almond's every word. THANK GOD FOR DAVID ALMOND. I do.
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i read the book in 2 hours it was reaay good. suspenful and full of imagination i really recomend it to all of you guys . have fun reading. lobe ya
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Le livre est dans un état de perfection comme sortie de l'imprimerie à savoir impeccable.Le plus est la rapidité de livraison.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Dreamy, lovely book 23 mai 2013
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I had been told for many years to read David Almond's work, and I finally decided to download "Skellig" when finding some books for my new Kindle. I can't believe I didn't read this sooner. I guess this book had been marketed toward younger people, and the story is definitely accessible for older children, but it really is great for anyone of any age.
"Skellig" is dreamlike and mysterious, thoughtful, both visceral and philosophical, beautiful and concise prose. I made myself stretch it out over a few days, but I could see this novel being devoured in just an hour or two. The day after I finished I went and got a hard copy of "My Name is Mina", the "prequel" from the library, and it was equally as excellent.
I recommend this if you like semi-surreal fiction, if you're looking for a book that ponders knowledge and purpose, or if you simply appreciate lovely writing. I feel this is also one of those books that you should read a few different times in your life because can read it differently each time. So if you like it, keep it in your collection!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Honest exploration of conflicting feelings toward family and friends 28 novembre 2011
Par laurenpie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A beautiful children's fantasy novel. A gentle, open and honest exploration of a young boy's conflicting feelings regarding his deathly-ill baby sister, his parents, and his friends.

Almond deftly refrains from answering every question (e.g., the exact nature of Skellig) or tediously driving home every symbolism, leaving room for delightful contemplation.

Superb writing throughout. The last paragraph of Chapter Two, in all it's starkness, is absolutely heart-wrenching. The initial discovery of Skellig was heart-pounding, and the closing chapters heart-lifting. I won't soon forget "27 and 53"!

Themes of forgiveness, family love and loyalty, and non-judgmental acceptance of those who don't fit into society's mold.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 love, compassion, and believing 20 août 2013
Par Dana Hall - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book has wonderful imagery, but what enjoyed was the layout of the story and the layers.
A young boy's baby sister could be dying, the family moves into a new home where the boy and his new friend discover love and compassion and the power of believing in something.
I would recommend this book to young adults and under, although I am almost fifty and thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A Children's Book For Adults 6 janvier 2011
Par Anna Midkiff - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Don't get confused by Skellig's "Children's Book" label. This story is deep and thought-provoking. Children can certainly read and enjoy it, but many of the subtleties might go unnoticed.

The book's protagonist, Michael, is one of the most instantly sympathetic characters I've ever met in a story. David Almond tells the story gracefully, with few words, ignoring what is not relevant. The result is that the story was somewhat shorter than I'd expected it to be, but no matter. It's still excellent. Skellig, the mysterious birdlike man he befriends, and Mina, the artistic girl next door, are powerful supporting characters. The parents in the story, though minor characters, are nevertheless sympathetic and well-drawn.

Definitely worth a read, especially for readers who enjoyed Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet or Ursula K. Le Guin's Earthsea series.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A book that I return to again and again 11 décembre 2014
Par LadySkeptic - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Skellig is an incredibly deep and moving story that, for me, has made a lasting impression. The writing is so simple, sweet and beautiful and the characters are unforgettable. I will treasure this book, always.
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