Dark and creepy are the words which come to mind when reflecting on Skellig. This is a book with boy appeal. Michael is moving into a new house after anticipating this event as something wonderful, something unexpected intervenes. Michael’s mom has a very premature baby. Now he is living in a run-down house with preoccupied parents and his own worries and grief about the baby, then he meets Skellig. What Skellig is both Michael and we are never completely sure but it is definitely life-changing. Skellig is a well-told and dramatic tale. Definitely worth adding to the K-8 collection as a pleasure read.
Rating #1 (Highly Recommended ✓#2 #3 #4 (Not acceptable)
Interest Level: grades 4+ Reading Level: 5+
Curriculum Area: Language Arts
Themes/Topics: self discovery, identity, fantasy, love, grief, family