Graphic Novel Review: The Girl From The Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag

The Girl From The Sea by Molly Knox Ostertag. Scholastic Graphix, 2021. 9781338540574. 254pp. including some preliminary character designs in the back.

After hitting her head and falling into the water, sixteen-year-old Morgan Kwon shares a romantic kiss with her rescuer, Keltie. She’s a selkie, and Morgan is her true love, which allows Keltie to turn into a human and walk on the land. Morgan is a little alarmed — she thought the whole thing was a dream, and she’s not out to anyone. In fact Morgan doesn’t plan to tell anyone she likes girls until after high school, but spending a day with Keltie might be enough to change that plan. (Or her little brother might tell everyone about their romance after he sees them together.) As their relationship grows, Keltie comes clean about needing Megan’s help to save a nearby seal rookery.

The pictures are wonderful, the romance is very sweet, and the ending of the book is so good. Worth noting: Maarta Laiho did a great job coloring Ostertag’s art.


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