Seal Island Paperback – 3 Jul 2014
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Praise for Tilly's Moonlight Fox: 'Resonating with a timeless, magical feel, and with echoes of classics like Tom's Midnight Garden, Green writes of family secrets and wild foxes in this outstanding novel for younger readers.' (Bookseller)
Praise for Sylvie and Star: 'A heartwarming story about a girl and her love for a puppy, a perfect choice for animal lovers.' (Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids)
'This is a really touching and charming story that will appeal to everyone, not just all the animal fans. A great read!' (Ruth Swindon, The Best New Children's Books: Summer 2014 (in association with The Guardian))
'Julia Green's evocations of nature and Hebridean life are excellent...Seal Island has a timeless, atmospheric quality.' (Anne Harding, Armadillo Magazine)
'Touching and sensitive... atmospheric story really conveys the wonder of living on an island' (Parents in Touch)
'It's a book that you won't forget in a hurry.' (Wondrous Reads Blog)
Two friends, one seal pup, and a magical summer . . .
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Top Customer Reviews
This book has fifteen chapters and 168 pages, so it is ideal for readers moving on from first chapter books to something a little more challenging. The storyline is gentle and has a nostalgic feel, but there are also some more grown up themes explored – such as Grace’s sadness at the loss of her Grandpa and the fact that she has to decide what to do when she finds the seal pup. Still, that does not mean this is a depressing read at all. Granny enjoys having Grace to stay, there is her friendship with Col and also the excitement of the island itself and the wildlife that are explored in the book. My daughter is eight and found this a very enjoyable read and I would recommend it for confident readers of approximately 7+. The setting of Seal Island (complete with a little map inside the book) was very appealing and there are some lovely black and white illustrations, which help give a good sense of place and characters. A very enjoyable and interesting read for children.
Grace soon makes friends with a little boy called Col, who also has younger siblings, so understands Grace's need for some quality time alone. The book pleasantly plods along, with Grace exploring rock pools and seal spotting. It's a nice book, but not a lot really happens. I was hoping for some kind of adventure like a good old Enid Blyton, or some fun like Swallows and Amazons. Alas, there isn't anything that exciting. If anything, it's almost like reading a diary of what a little girl did and ate every day of her holiday. All in all. It's enjoyable enough...if you don't expect too much excitement!!!
It's a good book for practising reading and appreciating a story arc for, I'd say 6 or 7 up until about 10 years of age. It has some nice hand drawn images as well which compliment sections of the descriptive content. I did read a lot of it and whilst i'd say it's not a book that would captivate most people outside of the aforementioned age group it can be appreciated as a nice younger childrens book that provides some pleasant escapism.
Little Grace goes to stay with her Granny on Seal Island whilst her parents travel back home with her younger brother Kit and the twins. Grace feels things are a little different since her Grandpa died as she misses him a lot but she's so pleased to be with her Granny again.
Grace loves walking by the sea where she can pick up great treasures of shells and drift wood. She asks her Granny if she can borrow her Grandpas tools to make a boat out of the drift wood she's found.
She makes a new friend called Col, he's a lovely little boy and knows a lot about the island. Grace loves the sea and the wild life on the island. Col shows her some special places to see seals and otters. He can also do a little wood carving as his father who is a fisherman and who has shown him how to carve properly, so Col helps Grace to make her boat float better.
A storm hits the island and disaster strikes, the whole island and it's people just can't believe what's happen.
That's all I'm going to say as I don't want to spoil it for other readers.
Again the author has taken me on another great journey and one which I've really enjoyed. :-)
From page one the story grabs your attention and keeps it till the story ends. The descriptive work is really beautiful and helps to create pictures in your minds eye. Her characters have great personality, depth and it's lovely to see how the friendship grows between Grace and Col.Read more ›
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Our 7 year old loves Julia Green's books. This one was a hit. Try Tilly's Moonlight Fox too.Published 5 months ago by Ols
Another lovely child-and-animal book from this author. My 7 year old liked "Sylvie and Star", and loved this one; she read it within 2 days.Published 17 months ago by Beansmummy
This is a beautifully-written book, with evocative descriptions of wildlife and nature. Perfect for readers of about 8 upwards - I wouldn't like to put an upper-limit on the age as... Read morePublished 17 months ago by TopReviewerA1
This a beautifully written book which parents will enjoy reading as much as their children. The illustrations are also wonderful. Read morePublished 17 months ago by antom
I'd read this author's previous book Sylvie and Star to my daughter and enjoyed it. When this one came up on Vine it was an easy choice to make. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dr. Peter Davies
This book is really very sweet, and a lovely read for a young person.
This suited a seven year old girl very well - she enjoyed reading it, and found it a "really... Read more
This is a lovely book, just the right level for my 6 year old who is just getting into chapter books. Read morePublished 18 months ago by M. Mohamed
My nine year old daughter loves reading and needs a constant supply of reading material and one of her favourite authors is Julia Green especially her novels that involve animals,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Karen Baxter
Seal Island written by Julia Green for me was a great read not only for the children but I personally found it very enjoyable and very well written as I followed the adventure of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Petra (I love to read and share my thoughts on what products I have been using)