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Seal Girl: A Mythology High Short Story [Kindle Edition]

Magda Knight
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Ondine is the new girl at school, and with her flaming red hair, Irish accent and deformed hands, she’s used to being the odd girl out. She tells herself that she simply doesn’t care. But like the mythical selkies who swim in the cold Atlantic, Ondine swims to championships in high school pools, where she feels free. She chooses to be a free spirit, but when someone close starts to play dirty, it seems she runs out of choices …

Seal Girl is another contemporary take on a classical myth. Meet more brave teens tackling real-life issues in the entire Mythology High series. Knight's next stories, "Geek Girl," and "Glee Girl," will be released in June and July. Jammie Kern's stories, "Ryann in the Sky," and "Taylor on Lockdown," are available now.

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From the Author

  • Do you love the film Mean Girls?
  • Do you have a passion for Celtic myth?
  • Are you a YA fiction addict?

If the answer to all these question is 'yes' then HEY GREAT NEWS YOU'RE IN LUCK but even if the answer is 'no' I still reckon you came to the right place :)

When I was writing Seal Girl, I knew I wanted it to have a harsh edge, to get a feel for the jungle that high school life can be. Because high school life can be very, very tough.

I knew I wanted it to feature the worst teacher in the world, and I think and hope I succeeded there because Mr. Hopkins is AMAZING. By which I mean he, er, isn't. We haven't seen the last of Hopkins... he'll be back in Geek Girl and Glee Girl, the upcoming stories in this Mythology High trilogy.

And I knew I wanted a softer side, too. Okay, so Ondine isn't the uber-toughest girl you ever saw. She isn't a queen bee byatch, she isn't a bully, she doesn't cover up her pain with wisecracks and refuse to let anyone through the chinks in her armor.

But Ondine is seriously strong. She's strong like the tough, sleek selkies of the seas - mermaids are cool, but selkies have to swim in harsh, choppy waters. They're STRONG.

And Ondine isn't afraid to take a chance, either. And that's where the soft side comes in.

But, hopefully, you'll find out. Does selkie blood flow through your veins? You decide.

Product Details

  • File Size: 164 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Buzz Books USA (April 29, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,667,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent short story! August 18, 2013
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I really enjoyed this story. The protagonist is a great mix of imperfections and insecurities (aren't we all?), but the author makes her fly in her own way. Lovely short story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seal Girl July 9, 2013
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This is a surprisingly strong story - I'm saying "surprisingly" because it's relatively short, and yet the author managed to develop an exceptionally strong main character, interesting story line, and lively, believable dialogues. It's very difficult these days to find a piece of young adult writing that would be fresh and original, because let's face it: Pretty much everything has already been written. But the author found a way to bring something new to the table: Her heroine's unique physical condition and the connection to the mythology of "selkies" makes it very special. I enjoyed reading it a great deal and I can't wait for more :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brave and true July 3, 2013
By mamajk
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This is a great story about being brave when other people don't get who you are, when they only see what's on the outside and make judgements. I lived in Ondine's shoes as a teen with my own sort of physical challenges, and I identified with her a great deal, especially the part about having to pretend you don't notice when people are staring. Great imagery too! In this hot summer, I felt like I was swimming along with Ondine at the beach!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Reading June 17, 2013
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Ondine has moved to a new school and is finding it difficult to fit in. She has type IV syndactyly which fuses her fingers. The other pupils call her Flipper and make fun of her, but her swimming excellence gives her solace as she ploughs her way through the pool each day.

Some of the boys and girls seem friendly but others only pretend to be and then tease her mercilessly. Her swimsuit is unusual, but it belonged to her mother and reminds her of sealskin. When she wears it in the pool she feels like a magic creature of the sea.

Ondine learns some of her fellow pupils are not nasty, although sometimes she misunderstands their actions. She must learn to cope with a world where she is considered a freak.

Although short, this is a story of how a girl copes with being different at school, and being the odd one out in a society where it's important to fit in. Staying aloof brings unhappiness, but a tentative offer of friendship could end in disaster. As with many new pupils in an already established hierarchy, difficulties spring not only from her difference but also from being new. I was interested to see how Ondine coped with these problems and think the author handled the situation very well.

Originally posted at Long and Short Reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Writing June 9, 2013
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I was really impressed by this short story. It has a strong beginning, middle, and end, and LOADS of character development. I found myself wanting to learn more about Ondine and wishing the story didn't end. You'll love learning about "Selkies;" the mythology ties in really well with a modern-day setting. Great read!
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Magda Knight writes speculative fiction, both YA and adult. Sci-fi, horror, dystopia, urban fantasy and steampunk are the things that dreams and futures are made of. When she grows up she would like to be a sword or a bear.


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