Fantastic Creatures: Selkies

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Selkies are legendary shape-shifting creatures of the sea. Stories abound about these seal people who shed their skins and come ashore in human form to dance on the beaches, or bask in the sun.

The folktales tell about selkie women whose pelts are stolen and hidden by enamored men. Trapped in their human forms, the female selkies must remain as the wives of their captors until they can retrieve their skins and escape to the sea. Male selkies are reputed to seduce human females. Some human women actually seek out the handsome selkie men.

Book III and Book IV of the Karakesh Chronicles have characters that are selkies. What most interests me is this: what happens to the children of these unions? What do they look like? Are they born with the same combination of traits, or are the selkie and human features mixed up in different ways?

That is partly what Book IV is about. The main character is a half selkie/half human girl. I’m writing it now. I hope you’ll read it when it is published.

Meanwhile, you can explore the Kingdom of Karakesh in Book I: Tangled in Magic, available at www.amazon.com and check out my author page at www.amazon.com/author/ellisk

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What I’m Reading

When You Reach Me

by Rebecca Stead

published by Wendy Lamb Books

Newbery Award, 2009

 

I’ve just read this fabulous story for the third time!

 

Sixth grader Miranda lives in New York City, in the same building as her good friend, Sal. They are street-savvy kids, knowing how to stay safe, and avoid the crazies, like the guy under the corner mailbox.

Then Sal gets punched for no apparent reason, and shuns Miranda’s company. Miranda gets a mysterious note scribbled on a tiny piece of paper that says:

 

I am coming to save your friend’s life, and my own.

I ask two favors. First, you must write me a letter.

 

Interwoven through this wonderful story is the plot of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, Miranda’s favorite book. Miranda, and the readers, ponder the conundrum of time travel. Would you see yourself arrive before you left?

 

The characters, sub-plots, and ultimate mystery of Stead’s book make for a rich and fascinating read.