Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry
by Rosalie K. Fry
5 out of 5 stars
Fiona’s family left their ancient home on the Ron Mor Island, and Fiona’s little brother, Jamie, was lost. Now Fiona is staying with her grandparents on the Western Islands of Scotland. Fiona is certain that she can find her lost brother, and she befriends a tribe of seals who seem to guide her in her search. The family legends speak of a selkie woman who married into their family many generations ago, and Fiona will have to return to Ron Mor to unravel the past and bring her family together again.
I loved watching the movie “The Secret of Roan Inish” when I was a girl, and I was delighted to find that the book has the same charm and mystery as the movie. The plot is a little simpler in this book, and a few of the characters and a couple of the old legends that were in the movie are not in the book. But the bones of the story are there, and all the beauty of the islands and the history of this rich culture of fishermen are wonderfully described.
I loved the writing style! Each scene has a charm that delighted me. The descriptions of the sea and the seals and the seagulls pulled me into the story, and all the mystery of nature and ancient legends enchanted me. The mystery of Jamie is fascinating!
Fiona is an adorable character. She is such a sweet little girl, and very determined to bring her family together again. She has a fierce personality in a quiet and gentle way. She is small and feminine, but also courageous and hearty. Her grandparents have such strong personalities, and I loved all their dialogue with their Celtic accents.
What an absolute delight! I can’t believe I waited this long to read this wonderful classic children’s book. A new favorite!