July 15, 2010
Skellig - by David Almond
This story, will appeal to boys and girls, and to anyone who loves a slow-paced story that builds and builds to an exciting and emotional climax, with a hopeful, feel-good, but suspenseful ending. Some have called this the first "gothic" novel for children, but it's not as death-focused or spooky as books like The Graveyard Book or Coraline. There is a bit of magic, but it's not what you expect. This is a near-perfect book, and I can't wait to introduce it to my students and Guys Read book club.
Note: There are some very English words and phrases, which teachers and parents may want to help young readers interpret.