In David Almond's Skellig, we first meet Michael, even while he describes his discovery of Skellig (known at first as Arthur).
Michael has just moved into a new home. His parents, besides handling the move, are extremely worried about their new baby—who was born early. Michael, understandably, is left to his own devices while his parents try to cope. Michael is feeling lonely and displaced. He says:
I found him in the garage on a Sunday afternoon. It was the day after we moved into Falconer Road. The winter was ending...No one else was there. Just me. The others were inside the house with Dr. Death, worrying about the baby.
Michael worries too: he listens for her breathing, visiting her room to see if she is all right. He feels her heart in his chest.
At the beginning, Skellig is very much like the trash that surrounds him in the "garage." Michael sees as it "more like a demolition site or a rubbish dump..."
He was lying in the darkness behind the tea chests, in the dust and dirt. It was...
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