About Red Rocks

A novel for younger readers and winner of the 2013 Esther Glen Medal.

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?

Red Rocks takes the Celtic myth of the selkies, or seal people, and transplants it into the New Zealand landscape, throwing an ordinary boy into an adventure tinged with magic. With its beautiful writing and eerie atmosphere, middle readers will be thrilled and moved by this captivating story.

Red Rocks won the Esther Glen Medal at the LIANZA Children’s Book Awards and a Storylines Notable Book Award in 2013, and was shortlisted for the Sir Julius Vogel Awards for Science Fiction & Fantasy in the Youth Novel category.

For background information, including links to useful websites, and reviews of Red Rocks, click on the links below and to the right.

Extensive teacher notes available on the Random House website.