A Stranger Came Ashore

A Stranger Came Ashore

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When Finn Learson literally stumbles out of a stormy sea into a small village on the Shetland Isles, he steals the villagers' hearts. He's handsome and charming, he helps with the fishing and the harvest, and he's particularly drawn to Robbie's older sister Elspeth, with her beautiful long golden hair. Yet there's something about Finn that makes Robbie and his dog Tam feel uneasy. Haunted by local tales of the Selkie folk, Robbie suspects there's more to Finn than meets the eye. But who would believe Robbie's wild suspicions? As the story reaches its explosive finale at the fire festival of Up Helly Aa, can Robbie reveal the truth in time to save his sister? One of Mollie Hunter's most popular novels for children, A Stranger Came Ashore was first published in 1975 to great acclaim. This new Kelpies Classics edition brings this much-loved Scottish classic to a new generation of children.show more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 136 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 12.7mm | 136.08g
  • Kelpies
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0863158838
  • 9780863158834
  • 459,948

Review quote

'A YA novel written in 1975, A Stranger Came Ashore is strange and chilling, and it captures that sense of unease that springs from old, old superstitions that might yet harbour a grain of truth. Set in the Shetland Isles, the story is a kind of battle between the land and the sea, and teenager Elspeth Henderson is the unwitting prize to be won. During a fierce storm on a black night, a desperate man arrives at the Hendersons' cottage. He calls himself Finn Learson, and tells of a shipwreck that nearly killed him, but he is far from all that he seems to be, and Robbie, brother of Elspeth, seems to be the only one who can see that the stranger poses an ancient threat to them all...' --Den of Geek 'I feel sure there's no more magical yet believable scene in literature than the lead-in to the final battle of A Stranger Came Ashore, as the straw-clad Guisers of Up Helly Aa dance from home to home in the green glow of the aurora borealis. But for me, the most wonderful and true moment of the book happens when Robbie manages to hold and feel the furnace-like heat of a baby seal. A Stranger Came Ashore, like all Mollie Hunter's books, is stunning in its blend of local tradition and belief, legend and life.' -- Elizabeth Wein, The Guardian, What are the best Scottish children's books? 'Mollie Hunter's books have stood the test of time and it's a joy to have a new edition of A Stranger Came Ashore ... First published nearly forty years ago, Mollie's story remains as intriguing and beguiling as ever.' -- The Scotsman 'The haunting mystery of this story grips the reader to the end.' -- Sunday Telegraph 'A fantastic, gripping tale based on the traditional Scottish legend of the Selkie Folk, and set on the beautiful, windswept Shetland Isles. Floris Books should be congratulated for making Mollie Hunter's book widely available again -- they are perennial favourites and deservedly so.' -- Scottish Children's Books, Winter 2002show more

About Mollie Hunter

Mollie Hunter (1922-2012) wrote more than 25 novels for children since 1953, incorporating a life-long exploration of Scotland's folklore and history into her stories. She received numerous awards and honours for her books, including the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year Award, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award and the Carnegie Medal.show more

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449 ratings
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4 38% (170)
3 24% (106)
2 8% (38)
1 2% (10)
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