Exclusive Excerpt from Tides by Betsy Cornwell + Win A Signed Copy!Saturday, May 25, 2013
Hello readers! Okay, tell me the truth, do you guys know what a selkie is? I've been blogging for over a year now and I still giggle inside when authors think that 'selkie' is my name. Selkies are my favorite mythical beings, and they're kind of like Celtic mermaids. They’re seal shapeshifters who live as seals in the sea but shed their skin to be human on land. You can head on over to this Wikipedia article if you want to know more about them.
That being said, I was so super thrilled when I heard about Tides by Betsy Cornwell- a young adult fantasy about selkies, science, and the fluid bonds of family and love. I was flailing and screaming 'Finally! A new YA book about selkies! Yesssss' and exclaimed my excitement on twitter. Thankfully, Betsy didn't freak out. She was so nice and handled my freakish ravings quite well, and sent me this excerpt to share with all of you. Read on and enjoy~
by Betsy Cornwell
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: June 4th 2013
Pages: 336 (hardcover)
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When high-school senior Noah Gallagher and his adopted teenage sister, Lo, go to live with their grandmother in her island cottage for the summer, they don’t expect much in the way of adventure. Noah has landed a marine biology internship, and Lo wants to draw and paint, perhaps even to vanquish her struggles with bulimia. But then things take a dramatic turn for them both when Noah mistakenly tries to save a mysterious girl from drowning. This dreamlike, suspenseful story—deftly told from multiple points of view—dives deeply into selkie folklore while examining the fluid nature of love and family.
Betsy Cornwell wrote Tides as a student at Smith College before graduating in 2010. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame in 2012, and after grad school, she ran away to live with the fairies in Co. Galway, Ireland. She's taught writing at Notre Dame and the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and was a columnist and editor at Teen Ink magazine. When she isn't writing, Betsy enjoys traveling, knitting, cooking, and nerdy TV (especially Buffy the Vampire Slayer). She is also really tall.