Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Review: Seal Island by Julia Green

Publisher: OUP
Format: Paperback / eBook
Released: July 3rd, 2014
Rating: 8/10

Amazon summary:

Grace is excited about her holiday, staying with Granny at her house by the sea. A whole week exploring rock pools, collecting shells, and playing on the beach - perhaps she might even get to see a baby seal? Grace makes friends with local boy Col who knows all the secrets of the Island. When Grace discovers a small seal pup, separated from its mother after a storm, she's not sure if she can help it, but she has to try...


Seal Island is another brilliantly written book by Julia Green that's aimed at a younger audience than I'm used to. I love all her YA books and had to give this one a go, and I wasn't in the least bit disappointed. There's beautiful writing, an understated family orientated story and a sense of peace that comes from reading this story, which is actually what I take away from every Julia Green book I ever have the pleasure of reading.

In Seal Island, ten-year-old Grace is staying with her granny at her seaside house. Her grandad recently passed away so Grace is not only exploring a summer away but missing her grandad too, which is a difficult thing to balance. She makes friends with an island boy called Col and, after finding a baby seal pup, the two embark on a friendship that makes the summer all worthwhile.

Grace is a quiet character, not one for making an entrance or causing any trouble. She reminded me of myself when I was younger, and I instantly took a liking to her. She's caring and thoughtful, and she'd do anything for her family and friends. Her granny and Col also deserve a mention, as they too are well-rounded, realistic characters who leave their mark on the page.

Seal Island is as much about seals and islands as it is about relationships and loss. There's a lot going on within its pages, and it isn't all immediately clear. As with all Julia Green books, the further you get the more the layers start to peel away and life lessons are learned as you stumble across them. Seal Island might be for younger readers but it's a book that you won't forget in a hurry, much like Green's YA novels that remain indelibly stuck in my head. I truly can't wait to get my hands on her next book.

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