(Maureen) Mollie Hunter (McIlwraith)

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Last Updated on May 6, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 114

Mollie Hunter has already written successful junior novels set in the Orkneys and Shetlands. This latest one [A Stranger Came Ashore] is a product of her study of the Shetland lore and legend concerning the Selkie Folk, who are the seals that live in the waters round the islands….

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The author adapts her style in a remarkably effective way to convey the tension of the story and the impact of its climax. The language is direct, commanding and evocative, and she has a quite outstanding gift for conveying atmosphere. The book will certainly be voted a winner.

Robert Bell, "Eleven to Fifteen: 'A Stranger Came Ashore'," in The School Librarian, Vol. 24, No. 1, March, 1976, p. 50.

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