By Janis MacKay
There has continuously been whatever strange approximately Magnus Fin, a faculty misfit. On his 11th birthday Magnus throws a message in a bottle out to sea, wishing for a ally and to be extra courageous - and he will get much more than he bargained for. Magnus discovers that he's part selkie - half seal, half human - and his selkie relatives urgently want his aid. Can Magnus store his new-found kinfolk from the evil strength threatening all of the ocean's creatures? and should he locate the buddy he has regularly dreamed of? The winner of the Kelpies Prize 2009.
Age point: eight and up | Grade point: three and up
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Magnus Fin swallowed then shivered and rubbed his palms jointly, although it was once hot via the flames of the hearth. Selkie! He’d heard that be aware earlier than – in a narrative perhaps. yet now his head was once in a spin. What used to be his father announcing – he was once a selkie? Feeling dizzy he remembered the ocean shanty he’d usually heard his father sing. i'm a guy upon the land i used to be a selkie within the sea yet I got here ashore and married a lass Now I’ll see not more my Sule Skerrie. His father went on along with his story and it took Magnus Fin all his energy to not fall from the stone chair. “You’ll have heard people, son, or even now not. i'm a seal guy, a selkie. guy at the land, seal within the water. It’s now not given to all seals yet there are a few of us with the reward of either worlds. whilst the moon used to be complete i may slip out of my seal epidermis and tackle the shape of a guy. We selkies rejoiced, i will let you know. occasionally we might disguise our seal skins and visit dances after we heard track taking part in at the land, and human people may say lets dance just like the waves of the ocean. Little realizing it was once the waves of the ocean taught us to bounce within the first position. Aye, I lived available in the market, some distance available in the market and means down deep. I come from a spot referred to as the Emerald Valley of the seal humans, or, in our old tongue, Sule Skerrie. I omit it, son, greater than you could ever recognize. ” Magnus Fin hadn’t fainted, or fallen from his stone seat. He sat inflexible as if he himself was once made from stone. He didn’t comprehend what to claim. A tear ran from his father’s eyes. might be this was once no longer a time for Magnus to talk. He twisted his palms jointly and stared into the hearth. The unusual phrases his father used to be talking persevered unravelling like thread. “I was once a good-looking, healthy and courageous seal. Oh, Fin, i may swim swifter than any seal – no whale may well ever seize me – yet i used to be additionally silly. It was once recreation among us younger selkies to aim for a human female friend. A kiss from a human woman, for us in our international, was once like kissing a stunning princess during this international. And, Fin, your mom used to be a good looks. You can’t see that now, and we're either responsible for that, yet your granny has informed you frequently adequate how appealing she was once and it’s precise. I used to monitor her identifying shells at the shore. occasionally she swam within the sea. as soon as she lay on a rock within the solar and that’s whilst I kissed her. I slipped out of my seal pores and skin, bent over her as she slept and kissed her. Then I introduced her jewels that I had taken from the holds of wrecked ships. Son, you wouldn’t think what riches are below the ocean! ” For a moment Magnus Fin’s bothered brain flitted to his personal Neptune’s Cave. sure, he knew what treasure there has been less than the ocean. He nodded at his father yet Ragnor was once staring into the smoke of the hearth. “Your mom came across me good-looking and naturally she beloved the jewels I introduced her. She stated i used to be way more interesting than any crofter or farmer’s son. I enjoyed her attractiveness and notwithstanding all of the selkies warned me opposed to it I got here ashore and married her. I gave her my seal dermis and took on a human shape for I couldn’t undergo to stay with out her.