There has always been something unusual about Magnus Fin, a school misfit. On his eleventh birthday Magnus throws a message in a bottle out to sea, wishing for a best friend and to be more brave -- and he gets a lot more than he bargained for. Magnus discovers that he is half selkie -- part seal, part human -- and his selkie family urgently need his help.
Can Magnus save his new-found family from the evil force threatening all the ocean's creatures? And will he find the friend he has always dreamed of?
'Janis MacKay's environmental message is clear but does not swamp her eminently readable story.'
– The Scotsman
'This beautifully written book will draw the reader into the warmth of Magnus Fin's world and take them on an adventure that will keep them turning the page... Sometimes moving and sometimes humorous but never dull this story covers, among other things, environmental issues.'
– Armadillo Magazine
'A gentle story which will be enjoyed by children who want a straightforward adventure tale where fantasy and environmental issues provide the young protagonists with the chance to outwit evil adults.'
– Books for Keeps
'A well-written children's book that doesn't fail to entertain, educate and celebrate Scottish culture.'
– Edinburgh Book Review
'...will carry any child away to an underwater world, which is familiar yet magical at the same time, for a good 200 pages.'
– New View
'A beautifully crafted and clever story which will appeal to those with a feel for the sea and sea creatures, enhanced by rich descriptions of ocean life, and a narrative that shows good pace and humour.'
– Steve Hird, School Librarian
'I liked this book because it had adventure and great characters.'
– Sarah Tyrer, aged 10, Juno Magazine
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