Michael and his family move into a run down house with a decrepit garage. In the garage, Michael finds a man; this man is as run down as the garage. He seems to live off of what the owls bring him to eat and he has strange protuberances from his shoulders. Michael starts bringing him Chinese takeout and beer and gradually becomes friends with him. He also befriends his new neighbor Mina, a home-schooled girl with lots of ideas and life and the world. Michael’s family is kind of absent because his newborn baby sister is ill and in the hospital.
This is a strange story and I am not sure what to think about it. Not sure if I liked it or not. I have no idea what Skellig was (a man/an angel/something else) or what kind of powers he had. I don’t know why he was hanging out in the garage petrifying. And I am not sure if he saved Michael’s sister. That is a lot I don’t know. I do know that this was a touching story about compassion and being open to different ideas and things. I do know I was intrigued by what was going on. And I know that the audiobook was interesting to listen to since David Almond narrates it himself and is an excellent reader. This is the type of book that I think you have to read and decide for yourself what you think of it.