Selina Penaluna

Selina Penaluna

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Selina Penaluna is a merrymaid or so she believes . . . Ellen and Jack are evacuated from London to Cornwall during the Second World War. Ellen relishes the opportunity to better herself. Jack is different. He finds the attention from his new family stifling and seeks freedom in the arms of Selina, the mysterious local girl he sees at the shore. Selina, Ellen and Jack's lives are intertwined in a series of events that lead to tragedy.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 24mm | 264g
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552558648
  • 9780552558648
  • 1,103,351

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"A beautiful, beautiful story . . .The writing is sophisticated and elegant. I was completely absorbed from the first page to the very last. I heartily recommend that you read this book" -- Jill Murphy * The Bookbag * "Beautiful and haunting writing . . . I was completely absorbed from the first page to the very last" * * "Accomplished and distinctive" * Books for Keeps * "Poignant, intelligent and gripping" * *
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About Jan Page

JAN PAGE is a novelist, screenwriter and television producer, whose experience ranges right across the age spectrum. Over the years she has written hundreds of episodes of television and thirteen of her plays have been professionally staged. Jan lives in London and is co-founder of Adastra, an independent production company specialising in the children's sector. This is her seventh book.
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"Beautiful and haunting writing . . . I was completely absorbed from the first page to the very last"
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Back cover copy

Dropped as a baby into a deep pool on the Cornish shore, Selina Penaluna emerges a different child - a mermaid changeling - and is forever drawn to the sea. Abandoned by her mother, neglected and abused by her father, she desperately wants to escape her lonely life.

Ellen and Jack are twins, evacuated from East London to Cornwall at the start of the war. The family that takes them in are well-off and a little stuffy. Ellen relishes this opportunity to better herself, but Jack finds his new life stifling and seeks freedom in the arms of Selina, the mysterious fisherman's daughter whose wild beauty turns every man's head.

Selina's siren song has Jack captivated - but leaves his sister cold with jealousy. Can the young lovers find solace and build a new life together? And how will Ellen deal with being left behind?

A spellbinding novel full of passion and tragedy that will enchant older readers.
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Rating details

404 ratings
3.43 out of 5 stars
5 26% (107)
4 21% (84)
3 30% (121)
2 16% (63)
1 7% (29)

Our customer reviews

SELINA PENALUNA by Jan Page is a story told from two different people, but in three different ways. Selina grew up thinking that she was a merrymaid. She knew all about the story that her mother told her - that one day her mother dropped her into a deep pool but swears a different child came up. She tells her version of the story in the viewpoint of a child/teen. Ellen and Jack are twins. Due to the war, they had to evacuate and live with a different family. Ellen loved the new life, but Jack never adjusted. The story is told from Ellen\'s point of view as a child/young adult, and later as a senior citizen. Jack and Selina fall in love, but Ellen is jealous. When tragedy befalls Jack, Ellen blames Selina and sees her ghost everywhere. This was an interesting story, although it took me a while to get into it. The language told from Selina\'s viewpoint was a little hard to read at first. I felt sorry for Ellen; she just wanted to be loved, both by the family that took the twins in and by her brother. But I didn\'t like Jack or Selina. I felt that Jack\'s character was just rude and obnoxious and I couldn\'t connect with Selina. However, I really liked the twist at the end. I didn\'t see it coming at all! And just as a side note - I absolutely LOVE this cover. It\'s beautiful!show more
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