Seal Girl is one of a trilogy of mythological YA stories by Magda Knight of Mookychick, brought to you by Buzz Books.
Ondine is the new girl at school, and with her flaming red hair, Irish accent and deformed hands, she’s used to being the odd girl out. She tells herself that she simply doesn’t care. But like the mythical selkies who swim in the cold Atlantic, Ondine swims to championships in high school pools, where she feels free. She chooses to be a free spirit, but when someone close starts to play dirty, it seems she runs out of choices …
Seal Girl is another contemporary take on a classical myth. Meet more brave teens tackling real-life issues in the entire Mythology High series. Knight’s next stories, “Geek Girl,” and “Glee Girl,” will be released in June and July.
I loved Seal Girl; it was a cute, fun, jovially written short story with an Americana YA feel. If you’re a fan of traditional YA with a twist, then you’ll love Seal Girl too: high school drama, jocks and bitches and nasty teachers, all from the eyes of an Irish immigrant who just wants to swim in peace without dealing with all the peer-pressure and name-calling that comes with having deformed hands. Ondine wants someone to get to appreciate the real her; not the swimming-obsessed outcast they cruelly name Flipper.
When football Quaterback Mitch takes an interest in Ondine, she can’t help but notice he isn’t like the others. Not only is he Irish-American, but he loves to write short stories and isn’t afraid to admit that he’s just a little afraid of water after watching JAWS as a kid. Ondine isn’t so sure, though; she needs to focus on her swimming career, using the gifts passed down by her mother before she died in child birth.
Is Ondine just an ordinary girl with extraordinary skills, or is there a touch of Selkie magic somewhere down the line? Either way, this girl has her priorities straight: she knows who she is. It’s Mitch she’s worried about – can she really trust a Jock, after all?
Seal Girl is an endearing tale of the importance of being true to one’s self, no matter what. I loved the quirky Americanisms and the originality of Ondine’s character, warts – or flippers! – ‘n’ all.
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P.s How cool is that name? “Ondine”. I just can’t stop saying it.