like a mystery and you like stange-types of beings you will love this book?
What kind of being comes to mind when you hear the word Skellig?
Try part man, bird, and angel? If you saw this creature what would
you do? Why is he in this rundown dilapidated garage? Why does
he regurgitate his food like a bird? To read what the main character
Michael thought and to see what happens between Skellig and Michael you
will have to read "Skellig" by David Almond. (Karen Womack, graduate student,
I would come in wearing the wings
and ask some questions. Why do you think I'm wearing these wings?
What do you think I'm supposed to be? Do you like to read stories
with some mystery in them? If you do, you'll really like this book.
A young boy named Michael and his family move into an old house.
There's also an old garage that's about to fall down. Michael takes
his flashlight and goes to the garage. It's very dark and spooky
inside, with spiders and cobwebs and strange noises. At one corner
of the garage, Michael finds a man. (I would then read them the man's
description from page 8 and the description of the man's wings on page
95.) Try to guess who this man with wings is and see if you're right
by reading Skellig. (Gloria Sanchez email@example.com)
[This is a good booktalk to do
around Halloween because of the mystery and magic in the story. However,
there are no references to Halloween, so it can be done at any time. I
would use a prop: Wings (either homemade or bought - you can find
these during Halloween).]
Michael wants his life back
the way he dreamed it would be. The excitement of moving to a new house
is clouded now that his new sister is so ill and his parents are so preoccupied.
The only bright spot is Mina, the girl he meets who has some strong opinions
and many things to teach Michael, even though she doesn't go to school.
One day while investigating
the garage as the real estate agent called it (although Michael thinks
of it as a demolition site), he realizes that something or someone is hiding
in the far dark corner. Michael reaches out to this being, bringing him
Chinese #27 and #53 (his favorite), and aspirin (for his "Arthur Itis")
and begins a relationship that defies description. What is Skellig, this
creature that Michael and Mina care for? Man? Bird? Angel? What will he
mean for their future? This story guarantees to engage and mystify through
to the very last page. (New
Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)