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Series: The New York Review Children's Collection
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry
Fiona McConville is a child of the Western Isles whose family left the fishing life and their home on the small islet of Ron Mor for the Scottish mainland when Fiona was six. But city life doesn’t suit Fiona so at age ten she is sent back to her beloved isles to live with her grandparents. There she learns more about her mother’s strange ways with the seals and seabirds; she hears stories of the selkies, mythological creatures that are half seal and half human; and she wonders about her baby brother, Jamie, who disappeared during the island evacuation but whom fishermen claim to have seen. Fiona determines to find Jamie and strikes up a friendship with her older cousin Rory to enlist his help. When her grandparents are suddenly threatened with eviction, Fiona and Rory put their plans into action.
Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry is a magical story of the power of place and family history, interwoven with Scottish folklore. Rosalie K. Fry’s novel was the basis for John Sayles’s classic 1994 film The Secret of Roan Inish and is back in print now for the first time in decades.
A poetic story which rests heavily on the folk traditions of the Western Isles and which contains much of that poetry of language and conception native to the traditional Scots.