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Daughter of the Sea by Berlie Doherty
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Oct 04, 10

bookshelves: middle-grade-novel, adoption-or-foster-care
Read in October, 2010

Like the other book I've read by author Berlie Doherty, THE SNAKE-STONE, this was an adoption story-- but very different. Munroe is caught in a storm in his fishing boat, off the remote island in the north of Scotland that is his home. He returns to his wife Jannet with a baby he has rescued from the sea. They name the child Gioga. Her story of growing up with divided feelings between her loving family and the draw of the sea may resonate with children who were adopted in more traditional ways. Woven through with selkie legends, it's a strong, compelling tale, not easily resolved, similar in it's style of telling to THE MERMAID SUMMER by Mollie Hunter, which I read earlier this summer.

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