marycatelli (marycatelli) wrote,

Changeling's Island

Changeling's Island by Dave Freer

Tim Ryan is not quite caught shoplifting -- owing to a little help -- but gets in trouble, and finds himself shipped off from Melbourne to an island where his grandmother lives.

The source of his help comes too -- Aed, a spirit of air and darkness -- but it notes that his plane is followed through the waters by a selkie.

And on the island, we have the tale of a city mouse in the countryside, the tale of a boy growing up, and the tale of his heritage and why the selkie came looking for him. It involves beer, a venomous snake, his grandmother's failing sight, catching a sheep, the small school (glad to have one student more), a key, both Irish and Australian folklore, and much more.
Tags: fiction reviews: contemporary fantasy, ya books

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