The girl from the sea

by Ostertag, Molly,

Format: Print Book 2021
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Summary
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 Morgan at all. Because really, Morgan's biggest secret is that she has a lot of secrets, including the one about wanting to kiss another girl.Then one night, Morgan is saved from drowning by a mysterious girl named Keltie. The two become friends and suddenly life on the island doesn't seem so stifling anymore.But Keltie has some secrets of her own. And as the girls start to fall in love, everything they're each trying to hide will find its way to the surface...whether Morgan is ready or not.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the wake of her parents' divorce and a newly realized secret--she's gay--15-year-old Morgan Kwon is drowning. Figuratively, at first, then literally, when she bumps her head and falls into the ocean. She's saved by Keltie, who appears as a sun-tanned, wild-haired teenage girl but is actually a selkie, a mythical, shape-shifting seal given human form thanks to a kiss from Morgan. As Morgan fights to keep their sudden relationship secret, she struggles to maintain her other friendships, especially after another girl's family threatens the safety of the waters Keltie calls home. Ostertag (the Witch Boy trilogy) is clearly writing from a personal place, and it comes through in Morgan's emotional depth, but for all her angst, the tone is kept cheery through panels of light, aquatic blues and greens, accented by purples and yellows. Large eyes and expressive postures beautifully illustrate Morgan's need for control and Keltie's free-spirited nature. The girls are perfect foils, adding tension to their romance, and although it comes to a bittersweet end, this is ultimately a hopeful coming-of-age--and coming-out--tale."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "This endearing and often funny graphic novel cohesively combines queer teen romance, realism, and fantasy. Sixteen-year-old Morgan Kwon, who has tan skin and dark hair, lives with her recently divorced mom and irritable younger brother on Canada's Wilneff Island. She plans to lay low and hang out with her close-knit group of friends, then "move to the city, ANY city" for college before coming out as gay. One night, feeling distressed, she slips on rain-soaked rocks and falls into the water, where she's rescued by Keltie, a selkie with plans of her own. A dreamy kiss between the two allows Keltie to shed her seal form and walk on land as a thick-limbed human with masses of blonde hair. Keltie's stilted speech and love of fish mark her as a weirdo among Morgan's friends, compelling Morgan to live a double life ("Now we can find our fortunes together!" Keltie announces. "Yeah, no, nope, we're not doing that," says Morgan). Meanwhile, Keltie wants to stop the island's new cruise ship, owned by the family of Morgan's friend Serena, from routing harbor tours past the seal rookery. Ostertag's (the Witch Boy series) artistically and textually strong characters are easy to root for, from their witty text exchanges to their contemporary fashions and layered emotions. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 12--up. (June)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Teenage girls -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Selkies -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Animals, Mythical -- Comic books, strips, etc.
First loves -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Lesbians -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Dating (Social customs) -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Best friends -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Secrecy -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Islands -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Young adult fiction.
Coming-of-age comics.
Fantasy comics.
Romance comics.
Lesbian comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York, NY :2021
Edition First edition.
Contributors Laiho, Maarta, illustrator.
Language English
Description 245 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781338540581
1338540580
9781338540574
1338540572
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