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The Girl from the Sea

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  870 ratings  ·  181 reviews
From the author of The Witch Boy trilogy comes a graphic novel about family, romance, and first love.

Fifteen-year-old Morgan has a secret: She can't wait to escape the perfect little island where she lives. She's desperate to finish high school and escape her sad divorced mom, her volatile little brother, and worst of all, her great group of friends...who don't understand
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2021 by Graphix
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May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic_novel, ya, lgbtq
This book is so unbelievably delightful and I’ll be rereading it a dozen times just to feel all the feelings. A queer, coming-of-age romance featuring a selkie and a plot surrounding friendship dynamics and environmental activism? What is not to love!? The Girl from the Sea is the latest from Molly Knox Ostertag, author and illustrator of The Witch Boy series, and this single volume graphic novel is another stunning beauty of art and storytelling.


When Morgan kisses a mysterious girl who sav
yep you guessed it i’m crying, this was beautiful
I begged scholastic for an ARC of this book, because: (A) I'm a big fan of Ostertag's middle grade "Witch Boy" series (coming to Netflix!), and (B) I am obsessed with selkie stories. We are a coastal, oceanic people out here in the Maritimes, and so folktales of shapeshifting seal-folk have always captivated me.

Overall, I really enjoyed "The Girl From the Sea". This adorable, sapphic story puts a delightful LGBT twist on the usual selkie folk tale: Morgan is a gay teen living in the small port
Gargee | Sapphire Bubble
Aug 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
27 Aug 2020: This is a sapphics only event!
jk, but I love sapphic books so much!!!
Danika at The Lesbrary
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sapphic selkie comic!!

Content warning for nonconsensual outing.

Full review at the Lesbrary.
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! This was SO CUTE!!!!!! and Absolutely sweet!!!!!!! I haven't read many graphic novels, so I thought I would give this a shot, and I'm SO GLAD I did!!!!!! I Absolutely ADORED the main characters, and Deeply loved the plot!!!!!! I just couldn't put it down!!!!!! It was just such a pick-me-up kind of story, and I definitely want to read more by this Author!!!!!! HIGHLY recommend if you like Graphic novels and contemporary fantasy stories!!!!!!! ...more
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Can’t wait for this to come out next year! 💕
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a cute graphic novel! I really liked the exploration of friendships and familial relationships, while the magical aspects were also fun on top of those things. The sibling relationship specifically hit close to home for me, and I thought it was well done. And the art was cute as well! Definitely recommend if you’re looking for a quick, magical read with a f/f couple. 4/5 stars.
Maddy (maddysreads)
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels, lgbt, ya
Freaking fantastic. I had really high expectations for this book, and it was my MOST anticipated for 2021. It did not disappoint. It was super cute, and the love and acceptance that radiated from this book just made my heart super happy.
Taissa Reis
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
IT'S SOOOOO CUUUUUTE!!!!! ❤️ ...more
Lesseth Monteith
May 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was super cute!
Lily Lu
May 11, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Scholastic for sending me this book. I'm very grateful, but these are my honest opinions as a gay adult!

Firstly this book is quite shallow, touching on many parts of being gay without diving deeper into any. There is very little drama or action, even compared to other books for a younger audience.

Secondly Morgan is exactly the sort of moody "I'm not like the other girls" girl I hated in high school and still dislike. After meeting a stranger and kissing her on the same night, she su
Meredith Ann
ARC courtesy of Edelweiss.

A really sweet graphic novel about falling for someone, keeping secrets, and accepting changes.
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adored this book! A supernatural sapphic romance set in the Maritimes is my dream book, and the author absolutely delivered in The Girl from the Sea. The characters are so sweet and so relatable, and I found myself falling in love with Keltie and Morgan within the first few panels. I smiled the entire way through the book, as I was fully enthralled by the story! I loved Ostertag's take on the selkie myth and how she managed to use it as a device to talk about environmentalism while ...more
Sarah Clark
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
You think this is some sapphic mermaid love from the cover but surprise awaits! Morgan meets a girl in the ocean who isn’t a mermaid, but a shape shifting selkie. From seal to human.

This is really a story about figuring out when and how to come out of the closet, the promise and the peril of secret romance, and giving up something for something bigger.

I appreciated the care of this story and really enjoyed the pace, characters and art.
Cass Moskowitz
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I can't say too much for spoiler reasons but OH MAN do I have FEELINGS!! Mostly, this book is just another proof that Molly knows EXACTLY how this craft works and her skills in graphic novels are only getting better. I loved this one so so much. ...more
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A really refreshing YA graphic novel that I flew through at work. The art is beautiful and I loved the message of coming into yourself and learning to be okay with your life being messy.
Morgan's life doesn't seem too bad on the surface-- sure, her parents are divorced and her little brother is always moody, but she's got good friends in their little island town. Even so, nobody knows she's gay, and she wants to keep it that way. After an accident at the beach, she's saved by Keltie, a selkie girl who can emerge in human form once every seven years-- and it's Morgan's kiss that grants her that transformation. Morgan has never experienced a love so sweet, but Keltie's arrival thr ...more
Sep 02, 2020 marked it as to-read
Welp- I need this one desperately. Keltie sounds an awful lot like Selkie. Regardless of whether this is mermaid, selkie, siren, etc. I need it.
Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
On the bright side, I'm gay and I love selkies. So, this was perfect for me. But, a pretty basic story all things considered.

I will be critical for a moment-- as is becoming increasingly common with LGBTQ fiction, there is a startling lack of attention to homophobia. Once again, I will say that this feels illogical and unwise. In the context of the story, the protagonist spends a lot of time saying that she planned to come out in college, and prior to that, it was important to compartmentalize h
Jun 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
A wonderful story that took a look at fitting in and finding self, but didn't get mired too much in the details.

I loved that Ostertag started with our main character, Morgan, already knowing she was gay, and that she knew what she wanted from life and how to achieve it. She was a girl with a goal and she knew how to be who she needed to be to get by. But all her carefully laid plans are overturned by the arrival of a cute and mysterious stranger.

The exploration of identity and the roles we play
Gary Anderson
In this time when mermaids and unicorns are surging in popularity, Molly Knox Ostertag’s new graphic novel fantasy The Girl from the Sea (Graphix, 2021) is sure to delight its readers. Fifteen-year old Morgan can’t wait to escape the constraints of her life on isolated Wilneff Island. Morgan’s family is complicated, and her friends seem too wrapped up in shallow pettiness. When a selkie named Keltie sheds her seal skin and comes on land to seek out Morgan, life becomes even more confusing. Morga ...more
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
cw: on page outing

I expected nothing less from the person who gave the world The Witch Boy. The art is stunning, the colors are vibrant, and the story is wholesome and sweet and yet still deals with hard topics like dealing with the aftermath of divorce, coming out, first love, and balancing personal life with close friends. And honestly, I didn't know I needed sapphic selkie stories until I read this.
Jun 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: younger teens, lgbtqia teens
An absolutely wholesome story about finding out who you are, being true to yourself, and figuring out how to be brave enough to let everyone else see the person you truly are on the inside.

Super cute art, and I miiiiight have teared up a little at the incredibly sweet love story.

This is perfect for younger teens, especially LGBTQ+ teens, who are still struggling with who they are and who they want to present themselves as to the world.
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
im not gonna say this book was perfect, but it was pretty damn close

sapphic mermaids (or in this case, selkie) is one of my fav things ever and this was no exception. the romance was super cute, the art was adorable and i love how many on-page kisses molly included in this!! esp bc the target audience is younger, and censorship seems to happen so much more frequently with childrens media, so the fact that morgan got to kiss her gf so many times was amazing and beautiful
Stephanie Tournas
Morgan Kwon has a tight group of friends, but she also has secrets. She wants to escape the little island where she lives with her divorced sad Mom and angry little brother and go to the city and be gay! When she kisses the girl who rescues her from a tumble into the sea, it feels like another secret to keep. But Keltie, who has transformed from a seal to a girl because of the kiss, is a force of nature. Her agenda is to be with Morgan forever and foil a threat to the seal community.

This is a lo
May 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lovely, heartbreaking, and absolutely perfect!
Ashley Collins
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtqia
Both a heartwarming coming out story and a really sweet romance!
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I grew up in the forests of upstate New York, where I spent the first half of my childhood reading about fantastical adventures and the second half acting them out with foam swords at a live action roleplaying camp . I graduated in 2014 from the School of Visual Arts, where I studied cartooning and illustration, and I currently live in Los Angeles. My artistic interests include women in fiction, f ...more

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