from the Amazon Editorial Reviews
Improvising on the Celtic legend of the selkies--seals that take on
human form--Peck has created an uneven but stylish first novel.
Lured by the plaintive cries of a seal pup near her family's Maine
cottage, young Molly stumbles over the gruesome remains of its
butchered mother. Later, a mysterious girl shows up at Molly's
elderly friend Ruby's house, a girl named Meara with glossy dark
hair and odd ways. Readers will guess Meara's secret (she is a
selkie) long before Molly does, but that won't spoil the
bittersweet ending, in which Meara makes the ultimate sacrifice to
save the life of her beloved new friend.
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originally posted by Inry on 2005-05-23, no edits, entryid=1598