Children and young adult books February 2012

By Ann Packer In Books

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4th February, 2012
What an extraordinary achievement is Margo Lanagan’s SEA HEARTS (Allen & Unwin, $24.99). The acclaimed Australian writer’s second novel brings to utterly convincing life the selkie, that part-seal creature of Celtic myth, in a haunting realisation of an island community with a devastating secret at its heart. Her prose is achingly beautiful, bringing to life the dumpy sea-witch Misskaella – whose ability to draw “mere-maids” out of seals keeps ...

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