Skellig | Study Guide

David Almond

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Skellig | Characters

Character Description
Michael Michael, a preteen, is the protagonist and narrator. He discovers Skellig and experiences his magic while his infant sister undergoes heart surgery. Read More
Mina Mina is a young, homeschooled girl with a passion for learning. She befriends Michael and shares in the secret of Skellig. Read More
Skellig Skellig is a mysterious being, part man, part bird, and part angel. He is discovered near death in a ruined garage. Read More
Mr. Batley Mr. Batley is the builder who comes to assess the garage and tells Michael and his dad to tear it down and begin something new.
Dr. Bloom Dr. Bloom is Michael's baby sister's doctor at the hospital.
Lucy Carr Lucy Carr is a student who attends the Kenny Street school who Coot, Michael's friend, likes to chase and tease.
Miss Clarts Miss Clarts is Michael's emotional and sensitive English teacher.
Coot Coot is one of Michael's schoolmates and friends, who likes to plays soccer with Michael.
Dad Dad is eager to turn the family's new house into a home to welcome back his wife and sick baby daughter.
Mrs. Dando Mrs. Dando is a kind lunch aide who stops by Michael's new home a few times to bring him homework and ask after his welfare.
Dr. Death So-called because of his appearance, Dr. Death is Michael's family doctor.
Gus Gus, Mr. Batley's son, helps tear down Michael's garage at the end of the novel.
Joy Finally given the name Joy at the end of the book, Michael's baby sister undergoes potentially fatal heart surgery.
Leakey One of Michael's schoolmates and friends, Leakey is better able than Coot to understand how Michael is changing.
Dr. MacNabola Dr. MacNabola is a doctor at the hospital who specializes in arthritis and quotes William Blake.
Mina's mom Mina's mom encourages the children to explore the natural world and the arts and shares her knowledge of song and poetry.
Mum Mum is focused on caring for her desperately ill baby daughter, though she cares deeply for Michael as well.
Monkey Mitford Monkey Mitford is the nickname Michael uses for his math teacher.
Mrs. Moore Mrs. Moore is the school secretary who pulls Michael out of class to take a telephone call from his dad.
Ernie Myers Ernie Myers is the former owner of Michael's house on Falconer Road.
Nick Nick, Mr. Batley's son, helps tear down the old garage at the end of the novel.
Old guy on the bus The old guy on the bus, likely a homeless person, chats with Michael about evolution and circus monkeys. Michael tells him about the strange man he found in the garage, but the reference goes over the old guy on the bus's head.
Old lady An old lady in the hospital tells Michael cod-liver oil is good for arthritis.
Rasputin Rasputin is the nickname Michael uses for his science teacher.
Mr. Stone Mr. Stone is the real estate agent who shows Michael's family the house on Falconer Road before they buy it and move in.
Whisper Whisper, the neighborhood cat Skellig likes, follows Michael and Mina around.
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