A Stranger Came Ashore

Mollie Hunter

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Robbie is disturbed by a man who stumbles out of a stormy sea into the Shetland islanders lives.

198 x 130 mm
Floris Books
Age Range:
From 11 to 13 years
144 pages
Publication date:
22 Aug 2002


It was his smile, as if he was enjoying a secret joke; his strange gaze and the steely inhuman grip of his hand that frightened Robbie. He couldn't forget the vision of Elspeth, dead in a bridal dress, and his grandfather's words: "Don't trust him . . ."

When a young man literally stumbles out of a stormy sea into the islanders' lives, few sense something uncanny about him. Handsome and charming he steals everyone's hearts. Yet Robbie, haunted by tales of the Selkie folk, is inexplicably disturbed by him. And when everything falls into place, it seems that no one has the power to help Robbie . . .


'The haunting mystery of this story grips the reader to the end.'
-- Sunday Telegraph

'A fantastic, gripping tale... set on the beautiful, windswept Shetland Isles. Floris Books should be congratulated for making Mollie Hunter's book widely available again -- they are perennial favourites and deservedly so.'
-- Scottish Children's Books, Winter 2002

"First published nearly forty years ago, Mollie's story remains as intriguing and beguiling."
-- Jane Sandell, The Scotsman


Mollie Hunter (1922-2012) wrote more than 25 novels for children since 1953, incorporating a life-long exploration of Scotland's folklore and history into her stories. She received numerous awards and honours for her books, including the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year Award, the Boston Globe Horn Book Award and the Carnegie Medal.


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