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Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission (Kelpies) [Paperback]

Janis Mackay
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17 Feb 2011 Kelpies
On his eleventh birthday, schoolboy Magnus Fin found out that he was half selkie -- part human, part seal. Although he looks like a boy and lives on land, he can breathe underwater. When Magnus Fin discovers his initials scratched into the rocks by the shore and finds dead seals washed up on the beach, he knows his selkie family need his help, and he dives down beneath the waves to find out more. The great seal sickness has struck and his grandmother Miranda is dangerously ill. But Magnus Fin is sure there's another reason for their affliction. He sets out to reveal the truth, with just his moonstone, his last baby tooth and some seaweed from Neptune's garden for luck. Little does he know that his best friend Tarkin, who can't swim, is determined to join him on this perilous mission. This is the exciting sequel to Kelpie Prize-winning Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Floris Books (17 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0863157963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863157967
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,011 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I am a writer living in the far north of Scotland - right next to the sea. The setting inspires a lot of my writing. The Magnus Fin books are especially inspired by selkies legends and the environment in front of me. I am a storyteller and blend together traditional storytelling with contemporary themes. I was lucky to win the Kelpies prize in 2009 for my first novel - magnus Fin and the ocean quest. I live with my partner, my dog Flora and a few clucking hens.

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'Janis Mackay's environmental message is clear but does not swamp her eminently readable story.' -- Jane Sandell, The Scotsman, 9th April 2011. '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. It is the second Magnus Fin adventure by Janis Mackay and hopefully not the last! Sometimes moving and sometimes humorous but never dull this story covers, among other things, environmental issues. Children will find it interesting and it provides plenty of scope for discussion.' -- Armadillo Magazine 'Janis Mackay lovingly elaborates the characters she introduced so well in the previous book. The dialogues are immediate, funny and touching. True humanity speaks through them and they are a joy to be with while the pages turn. Her descriptions of life along the sea coast and the world underwater are well done and one feels she lives this life herself intensely as it permeates every page effortlessly. Mackay makes good use of story telling techniques: increasing suspense and delaying gratification. "Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission" is played out in a different world from what most of us are used to and will carry any child away to an underwater world, which is familiar yet magical at the same time, for a good 200 pages.' --Anna Phillips, New View, Spring 2011 'Magnus Finn and the Moonlight Mission is not only a cry for more understanding on environmental issues, but it also promotes Scottish culture and family values. Through Magnus Fin's family relationships and his American friend Tarkin, young readers are taught about the importance of friendships, family roots and respect for each other's differences. 'Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission is a well-written children's book that doesn't fail to entertain, educate and celebrate Scottish culture.' -- Edinburgh Book Review, May 2011 'This is 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 'This is 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. The world of the selkies is convincingly drawn, and the author clearly has a real empathy with this northern landscape and its mythologies. This is a worthy successor to her first Magnus Fin book and comes highly recommended.' -- Steve Hird, School Librarian 'I liked this book because it had adventure and great characters. My favourite character was Tarkin, Magnus Fin's best friend, but the winkle picker was a great character because you have mixed feelings about him until you find out his true purpose at the end.' -- Sarah Tyrer, aged 10. Reviewed in Juno Magazine

About the Author

Janis Mackay was born and grew up in Edinburgh, but moved to London to study journalism. She has an MA in Creative Writing and has held writer-in-residence posts in both Caithness and Sutherland. She currently lives in Edinburgh, where she teaches creative writing and works as a writer and storyteller.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 15 Aug 2013
By Megan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An excellent story where Magnus Fin of only eleven takes on illnesses, confused long lost cousins, dances at the st. Andrew`s day festivities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book!! 1 Mar 2013
By mumof3
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My 9yr old son loved this book and couldn't wait for the next one. An exciting read for boys and girls. It has really encouraged him to read lots of different types of books but we shall certainly be looking out for more by Janis Mackay. Now he asks for Amazon vouchers for birthday presents so he can find more exciting reads.
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4.0 out of 5 stars seal/boy follow-up 4 Nov 2012
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Continuing the story of Magnus Fin, a seal/boy or Selkie who is set the task of finding the cause of the deaths of the seals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read 26 Jun 2011
Another great adventure from the pen of Janis MacKay. Love this book. I bought it for my grandchildren, but read it first. It is every bit as exciting as the first Mangus Finn story. My grandaughters can't wait for the next one. Definately five star rating.
Definately Scotland's answer to Harry Potter. Well done!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read for any age 7 May 2011
bought this for my grandchildren but really enjoyed reading it myself, have just finished the sequel to it, Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission. Sincerely hope Janis Mackay plans to give us more of Magnus Fin !
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