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Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest

Janis Mackay


Also available as: Paperback

Range: Kelpies eBook 200 pages ISBN: 9780863158902 Publication date: 14 November 2011

A sound like thunder echoed through the palace.
The walls shook with the vibration of the groan. The lobsters shuddered. The crabs quaked. The sharks shivered. The killer whales glided forward menacingly like submarines. The king was coming in their trail …

On his eleventh birthday, schoolboy Magnus Fin
is charged with an incredible mission. Magnus
discovers that he is half selkie -- part human, part seal -- and his selkie family urgently need his help.

Can Magnus save them from the evil tyrant who is threatening all the ocean’s creatures?


'This book is filled with the importance of friendship and family values. It fires anyone's imagination and unlocks the mysteries of the sea. Older primary and younger secondary boys will love this book and identify strongly with Magnus Fin as he sets out on an amazing soul searching journey'
-- The School Library Association, Spring 2010

'Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest is a lovely children's book and is the perfect holiday read -- as my ten year old son and I discovered. He was very taken by it and if you have a child around that age I can recommend it. Magnus Fin could become a hero with many more adventures under his belt if Janis Mackay keeps her storytelling stream flowing.'
-- Anna Phillips, New View, Spring 2010

'Janis Mackay, now living in Caithness, has crafted an outstanding first novel for all ages in Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest. Clearly inspired by the Selkie tales and the seascape beyond her window, Janis has deservedly won the Kelpies Prize for this book.'
-- Blethers , Scottish Storytelling Centre and Network

Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest


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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