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Secrets of Selkie Bay

Secrets of Selkie Bay

Shelley Moore Thomas

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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. As Cordie Sullivan, the oldest daughter, tries to learn more about her mother's vanishing, she must find the strength to help her family move ahead, even as she discovers an increasing number of clues that point to a hidden island off the coast—a mythical kingdom of the selkies.

From Shelley Moore Thomas, the author of The Seven Tales of Trinket, a Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of the Year, The Secrets of Selkie Bay is a powerful story about magic, family, grief, and hope.

“Explores grief and loss, as well as the comforting power of stories and belief in magic that can chase away sadness. . . . The fanciful folktales interspersed throughout the novel add plenty of charm.” -Booklist

"Especially endearing are the multitude of little pixie seals that come swimming to the island. . . . Here all elusive threads are woven into a satisfying ending and the recognition that an endangered species has renewed itself near the island." -Children's Literature

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Letter in a Book

Mum had been gone for two months when I found the letter.
I don't know why I didn't notice the old book there before, sticking out of my bookshelf like a tall, thin soldier among its shorter, thicker companions. But there...

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Praise for Secrets of Selkie Bay

“A poignant, bewitching book. Shelley Moore Thomas has created a world layered with stories and mysteries and pain, one that calls like the sea, draws us in, and never lets go.” —Nikki Loftin, author of Nightingale’s Nest and Wish Girl

“Cordie’s seaside fairy tale cast a spell on my imagination. If I lift up the pages and listen closely, I’m certain I can hear the ocean.” —Natalie Lloyd, author of A Snicker of Magic

“Explores grief and loss, as well as the comforting power of stories and belief in magic that can chase away sadness. . . . The fanciful folktales interspersed throughout the novel add plenty of charm.” -Booklist


“Thomas spins a tale in present-day Ireland of a family coming apart and a brave girl tasked with responsibilities beyond her age . . . Readers looking for a strong main character or intrigued by Celtic folklore will find much to enjoy.” -Kirkus Reviews

“The surprise ending leaves the door open for a little belief in magic.” -School Library Journal

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About the author

Shelley Moore Thomas

Shelley Moore Thomas is the author of the Good Knight series of picture books and easy readers, including the bedtime favorite Good Night, Good Knight. In addition to writing books, she works as an elementary teacher and as a professional storyteller. Secrets of Selkie Bay is her second middle grade novel. Ms. Thomas lives in Oceanside, California.

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