Skellig Background

Skellig Background

David Almond is a modern English writer. His first short story, with the mysterious title Skellig, was awarded with the British Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Award for the best children’s book of the year. Skellig was written in 1998 and in 2008 the movie of the same name appeared with Tim Roth in the leading role.

In this kind, fascinating and poetical book the story goes about an ordinary teenager. The boy isn’t very obedient, as one is expected at this age, he just likes knocking the ball around with his bosom friends. But suddenly, two mystical things enter his life. These are a pterodactyl or just an angel settled in the old barn among the needless trash, and a beautiful girl, with burning look.

David Almond writes for children and about children. He writes, moreover, about the things which are so important to be understood at the age of 10 or 12. About the questions which torment the children’s soul and for which the adults don’t know the right answers. These are: whether it is true, that shoulder blades are for attaching wings to them, or could the figurines turn to life if to make a push at modeling it, or whether love helps to deal with the illnesses. Almond writes so that both children and adults all over the world read his books. His books have been translated into more than two dozen languages. He became the laureate of the H.C. Anderson Award, the highest prize of the infantile literature all over the world, in 2010.

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