The Brides of Rollrock Island

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David Fickling Books, 2012 - Selkies - 306 pages
Rollrock Island is a lonely rock of gulls and waves, blunt fishermen and their homely wives. Life is hard for the families who must wring a poor living from the stormy seas. But Rollrock is also a place of magic - the scary, salty-real sort of magic that changes lives forever. Down on the windswept beach, where the seals lie in herds, the outcast sea witch Misskaella casts her spells - and brings forth girls from the sea - girls with long, pale limbs and faces of haunting innocence and loveliness - the most enchantingly lovely girls the fishermen of Rollrock have ever seen. But magic always has its price. A fisherman may have and hold a sea bride, and tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she is. He will be equally ensnared. And in the end the witch will always have her payment. A tale of unspeakable cruelty - and deep unspoken love.

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3.5 stars. Well-written and well-told. Weird and, yes, haunting. Disturbing and yet sweet. And satisfying in the end. I’m probably going to be thinking about it for a while. And I might think it ... Read full review

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Didn't like it. I'd read a few reviews that gave away a major plot point that didn't happen for quite a while, so I was just waiting for it to happen. I found Eloise Oxer’s voice annoying. The pace ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

MARGO LANAGAN is a highly acclaimed writer of novels, short stories, and poetry and a two-time Printz honor winner. "Tender Morsels" was a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, won the World Fantasy Award for best novel, received five starred reviews and was named a best book of the year by "Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book Magazine, Booklist, The Bulletin, " and "School Library Journal." Ms. Lanagan lives in Sydney, Australia.

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