Today I get to torment most readers with a new book that isn't readily available to them. Those of you in Australia and New Zealand--and there are more than a few of you!--should especially appreciate this one. Red Rocks by Rachael King retells the selkie legend and sets it in New Zealand. The rest of us are jealous because that sounds like great reading! I also like the cover.
A novel for younger readers.
While holidaying at his father’s house, Jake explores Wellington’s wild south coast, with its high cliffs, biting winds, and its fierce seals. When he stumbles upon a sealskin, hidden in a crevice at Red Rocks, he’s compelled to take it home and hide it under his bed, setting off a chain of events that threatens to destroy his family.
Can he put things right before it’s too late?
Red Rocks takes the Celtic myth of the selkies, or seal people, and transplants it into the New Zealand landscape, throwing an ordinary boy into an adventure tinged with magic. With its beautiful writing and eerie atmosphere, middle readers will be thrilled and moved by this captivating story.
For background information, including links to useful websites, and reviews of Red Rocks, click on the links below and to the right.
You can read more about the book at King's site and at the publisher's page where there is a preview and teacher's guide. Here's hoping it does well enough to get picked up for international release!
And you can order the book from Fishpond New Zealand and Fishpond Australia. (SurLaLune is not affiliated with Fishpond.)
Edited to add: The ebook is available for Kindle in Australia and New Zealand but not for US or UK readers, alas.