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Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission

Janis Mackay


Also available as: Paperback

Range: Kelpies eBook 192 pages ISBN: 9780863158919 Publication date: 14 November 2011

Panic swept through Magnus Fin. His blindness terrified him. The green-eyed creature could bat him around like a tennis ball, or swallow him in one bite.

Schoolboy Magnus Fin is half selkie - part human, part seal. When he finds dead seals washed up on the beach, he knows his selkie family needs his help. But what's causing the selkies' sickness and the terrible stench beneath the waves? And who is the green-eyed poisoner? Can Magnus Fin find out the truth before it's too late?

Janis Mackay lives by the sea in Caithness. She is a writer and storyteller. She won the Kelpies Prize for her first children's book, Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest.


'Janis Mackay's environmental message is clear but does not swamp her eminently readable story.'
-- Jane Sandell, The Scotsman, 9th April 2011.

'This beautifully written book will draw the reader into the warmth of Magnus Fin's world and take them on an adventure that will keep them turning the page. It is the second Magnus Fin adventure by Janis Mackay and hopefully not the last! Sometimes moving and sometimes humorous but never dull this story covers, among other things, environmental issues. Children will find it interesting and it provides plenty of scope for discussion.'
-- Armadillo Magazine

'Janis Mackay lovingly elaborates the characters she introduced so well in the previous book. The dialogues are immediate, funny and touching. True humanity speaks through them and they are a joy to be with while the pages turn. Her descriptions of life along the sea coast and the world underwater are well done and one feels she lives this life herself intensely as it permeates every page effortlessly.

Mackay makes good use of story telling techniques: increasing suspense and delaying gratification.

"Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission" is played out in a different world from what most of us are used to and will carry any child away to an underwater world, which is familiar yet magical at the same time, for a good 200 pages.'
--Anna Phillips, New View, Spring 2011

'Magnus Finn and the Moonlight Mission is not only a cry for more understanding on environmental issues, but it also promotes Scottish culture and family values. Through Magnus Fin's family relationships and his American friend Tarkin, young readers are taught about the importance of friendships, family roots and respect for each other's differences.

'Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission is a well-written children's book that doesn't fail to entertain, educate and celebrate Scottish culture.'
-- Edinburgh Book Review, May 2011

'This is a gentle story which will be enjoyed by children who want a straightforward adventure tale where fantasy and environmental issues provide the young protagonists with the chance to outwit evil adults.'
-- Books for Keeps

'This is a beautifully crafted and clever story which will appeal to those with a feel for the sea and sea creatures, enhanced by rich descriptions of ocean life, and a narrative that shows good pace and humour. The world of the selkies is convincingly drawn, and the author clearly has a real empathy with this northern landscape and its mythologies. This is a worthy successor to her first Magnus Fin book and comes highly recommended.'
-- Steve Hird, School Librarian

Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission


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…

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