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9/1/19

Secrets of Selkie Bay

Secrets of Selkie Bay Secrets of Selkie Bay by Shelley Moore Thomas

Genre: Magic realism

Age: MG

POV: 1st person

Summary: In their present-day tourist trap of an Irish seaside town, famed for its supposed involvement with selkies in the past, three sisters are faced with the sudden disappearance of their mother. Crushed by the loss, their father is struggling to carry on. To make matters worse, there are rumors afloat in the village that their mother herself is a selkie who has now shed her human form and gone back to sea.

 

"Somewhere between fantasy and reality,
between myth and legend
lies the kingdom of the selkies" 

 

 Review: The quote describes the Secrets of Selkie Bay. The story is grounded in reality with the little bit of mystery of the fantasies right beneath the surface. I like books that are not all magical but, have a balance between the two that gives a possible chance that there could be more to the world.

The story is told in Cordia's POV as the oldest sister. She takes on the responsibility of caring for siblings all dealing with the loss of their mom. Creating a fantasy for her eight-year-old sister, that their mom is a selkie, and coming close to believing that fantasy.

I like this book up to the end. I'm mad that the dad didn't tell them that their mother was hospitalized. The girls through their mom pack up and left them. Either way, I'll be upset at both situations. The story stays grounded in reality. It didn't take away the magic or maybe she could be a selkie.

Writing: 5/5

Plot: 5/5 - slow moving but does build up each character and the determination Cordia have to go and search for her mom.

Characters: 5/5

+.5 I didn't entirely dislike the ending.

+1 for being about selkies and not mermaids, I don't know any other book about selkies.

Total:
17.5/20


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