How does David Almond create atmosphere in Chapter One of Skellig?

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In Chapter One of David Almond's Skellig, the author artfully creates an atmosphere to introduce the boy's discovery at his new house.

The setting is important. 

I found him in the garage on a Sunday afternoon.

A feeling of mystery is present because the reader does not know to whom the narrator is referring, and as "his" identity is unknown, this creates, too, a feeling of suspense as the author builds up to his literary disclosure. The word "found" is an unusual word choice, and an excellent example of diction.

Diction is defined in the following way:

The word choice a writer makes determines the reader’s reaction to the object [being described], and contributes to the author’s style and tone.

Diction provides clues for the reader, especially if he or she is searching to discover the mood or atmosphere of a piece. The reader may wonder:

Why that particular choice of words? What is the effect of that diction?

This lets you know that a good writer carefully chooses his or her words to create a...

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