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Red Rocks

An adventure tinged with magic that transplants the Celtic myth of the selkie into the windy New Zealand landscape

While holidaying at his father’s house, Jake explores Wellington’s wild south coast, with its high cliffs, biting winds, and its fierce seals. When he stumbles upon a sealskin, hidden in a crevice at Red Rocks, he’s compelled to take it home and hide it under his bed, setting off a chain of events that threatens to destroy his family.

Can he put things right before it’s too late?

Winner, Esther Glen Medal, LIANZA Children’s Book Awards
Storylines Notable Book Award
Shortlisted in the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards and the Sir Julius Vogel Youth Novel Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy
Soon to be a major television series



Extensive teacher notes available on the Penguin Random House website.


A sad, sweet and slightly creepy selkie tale for children. With a southern-hemisphere setting, for a change.

Margo Lanaganauthor of Sea Hearts/The Brides of Rollrock Island

A delightful tale of magic, friendship, and a boy finding his place in his divided family.


I became entranced by this book and its characters. And it happened so subtly that I didn’t even notice… there is no maybe about it. This book works and it’s a gripping page-turning tale.

Gillian TorcklerBooksellers NZ