Sunday, April 29, 2012

Call of the Selkie by Jean Bennett

Another beautifully written book out of New Zealand, this one by Jean Bennett,  deals with young boy who befriends and rescues a seal cub whom he names Selkie. Things at home are pretty traumatic for teenager  Ryan. His mum and dad are going through difficult times and he isn't coping too well with their constant quarrelling. One day in a secluded bay after escaping from  the animosity of the house which is slowing suffocating him, Ryan comes across a seal and her pup. Each day he finds a quiet  liberation  by observing these two animals go about their lives. Then his mum leaves home for an indeterminable amount of time and a unscrupulous fisherman, Kelly,  invades the bay intent on getting his hands on very marketable and rare seal skins. Ryan finds himself racing against time to save Selkie. If you enjoy Colin Thiele books, then this book would most likely be your cup of tea.

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