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Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest

Janis Mackay


Range: Kelpies eBook 200 pages ISBN: 9780863158902 Publication date: 14th 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... fires anyone's imagination and unlocks the mysteries of the sea. Older primary and younger secondary boys will love this book.'
-- The School Library Association, Spring 2010

'...a lovely children's book and [it] 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.'
-- Anna Phillips, New View, Spring 2010

'Janis Mackay... has crafted an outstanding first novel for all ages ... 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

'I genuinely couldn't put it down, it's a really engaging adventure story with an environmental theme … Such an exciting adventure and such lovely writing, always in tune with the natural world.'
-- Craftly Green Poet blog

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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