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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (3 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192735667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192735669
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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Two friends, one seal pup, and a magical summer . . .


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A very enjoyable read for children (and the young at heart). In some ways the story is reminiscent of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods, as the main character Grace discovers what island life is all about when she stays with her Granny for the summer. Julia Green has a wonderful way of incorporating the sea, the wind, the rocks and sand and the sunshine into her stories and this one is no exception. You'll feel very much part of the Seal Island.
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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Dec. 2014
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Grace is excited to be spending her first holiday without her parents, with Granny on Seal Island. Granny’s house is right by the beach and Grace is looking forward to watching the seal’s and, hopefully, spotting a baby seal. Before long she has made friends with Col, whose father is a fisherman. However, Grace’s wish of seeing a baby seal does not come true until she finds one after a storm and has to try to help it survive after it becomes separated from its mother.

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.
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By A. Lucas VINE VOICE on 7 Jan. 2015
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Grace is a little girl who is used to being pestered by her little brother, and baby twin sisters, and the book opens with her waving them all goodbye as they head off home, leaving her on a Hebridean island at the home of her Granny for two weeks.
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!!!
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By Fallen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Feb. 2015
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A gentle well written book, twee and old fashioned yes but appealing to younger children with relatively straight forward themes and easy to take to characters.
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.
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A very lovely book; including the front cover - so inviting! A nice children's book with some illustrations. I found the writing relaxing and thoughtful. Grace's character is a lovely girl loving wild-life and the beach. Col is a different sort of boy; a boy with a skilful fishing trade in line for the future along with his father. The island sounded so blissful. I thoroughly enjoyed every page. The friendship between the character's is also heart-warming.
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This is the second book I've read by Julia Green, (first was "Sylvie and Star") and I've found this author to be an excellent writer for children. :-)

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.
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