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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kelpies (23 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 086315865X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0863158650
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 217,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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'Mackay's strength is in the atmosphere of the wild northern shore line conveyed with skill and imbued with her own love and experience of the place. There are textures of sand and rock, whilst the sea's moods pervade everything. The plot is well organised and entertains well enough without ever being too dramatic. I really enjoyed the drawing by Nicola L. Robertson, who has managed to capture the mood of the story very well once again to make a very attractive book cover ... Children will grow fond of these recurring characters and the subtle interplay of the various worlds that Magnus inhabits ... A wonderful gift for any child.' -- Anna Phillips, New View. 'Janis's storytelling skills dance on the pages as she outlines the environmental damage that the sea is subjected to as the good king Neptune loses his powers ... It is written with sympathy and understanding but there is no talking down. The book is perfect for intelligent 10 year olds and is a creditable addition to the kelpies library. This is the third book in the Magnus Fin trilogy. It will be loved by existing fans and will no doubt bring Janis many more.' -- Lothian Life 'Inspired by life in the far north of Scotland, Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret is a tale about one unusual boy's gripping adventure saving his family and the ocean from elements ... The gentle, imaginative prose of the story, especially the undersea world, carries you along and makes this a worthwhile read for kids and fanciful adults.' -- Vermont Country Sampler 'There is excitement and warmth in the stories and the strong message about celebrating differences between people means this is a very positive story and will attract children who love animals and enjoy being by the sea.' -- Sarah Mears, School Librarian 'The world of the selkie is delightfully imagined as a place of beauty and danger, community, and natural rhythms. Slightly other-worldly in tone, this books makes telling points about the need for humans to stop treating the seas as an infinitely renewable resource to be despoiled at our pleasure.' --Carousel

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen 59 on 20 Mar. 2012
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This is the third book in this series and I have loved them all. Although this book is aimed at children I could not put it down. The description and atmosphere created are wonderful. Janis Mackay captures the imagination and transports you into a fantastic world of sea creatures and highland life. You can feel the sand between your toes and smell the sea. Now that I have finished it I will read it again to my grandson, any excuse!!! Well done Janis..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HighlandWifey on 7 May 2013
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I love the Magnus Fin series of books and hope the author plans to return when Magnus is older. This is such an engaging story and easy to follow. I read the books with my nephews and nieces when they holiday with me in the Highlands where the Selkies roam. The author deals with environmental issues in a way that children can understand while never straying from the adventure. Magnus, Tarkin and Aquella are such a brilliant characters and great role models for young people. I always miss them when the books end...until another child visits when we start all over again. Great read for children of all ages, especially those over 16!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. A. Roberts on 4 Nov. 2012
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Third children's story in the series about Magnus Fin the Selkie who has adventures in the sea off Northern Scotland.
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great 3rd book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 24 Aug. 2012
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this is a good book. better then the first and second books in the series. "Magnus Fin And The Ocean Quest" book one.
Magnus Fin And The Moonlight Mission book two. I also recommend "Wings" or "Fairy Lies".
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