Peter has heard the legend of the Selkie seals who can turn into humans, but he can hardly believe it when he rescues a real, live Selkie from the oysterman's nets. Beautiful Selkie teaches Peter the secret language of the sea, but will this be enough to save them when danger threatens Peter and his new friend?

Illustrated in evocative colours in acrylic on CS Board.

Story and illustrations: Gillian McClure

U.K. Publisher: Troika Books, 2015

ISBN: 978-1-909991-26-2


Gillian McClure has gone to the islands off the Northern coast of Scotland for her inspiration, and in this powerful tale of the friendship between a boy and a Selkie, has found a magical subject for her considerable talents. This is a book to treasure and revisit.


We are told that Gillian McClure based her illustrations on the experience of visits to the island of Colonsay. Whatever spirit informs them, they seem full of the sense of another time and another place; an experience genuinely created and preserved.

Quentin Blake in Books for Keeps

A lovely story to read aloud and discuss...magical illustrations add to the spirit of the story.

Wendy Cooling, Child Education


Parent’s Guide to Children’s Media Award, USA 2000.

Some of the Selkie original artwork is in the Seven Stories Children’s Book Centre Archive.

Long listed for The Smarties Award 2000.

Lanarkshire TV Tall Tales 2001.