A Stranger Came Ashore

by Mollie Hunter

Harpercollins Publishers | April 6, 1977 | Trade Paperback

A Stranger Came Ashore is rated 4 out of 5 by 4.

A wild, stormy night . . .

A shipwreck . . .

The sudden appearance of a stranger . . .

That is how it all begins. The stranger is Finn Learson, a young and handsome man who seems to be the only survivor of the wreck. Finn Learson is charming and generous, and the Henderson family gladly give him shelter. Only young Robbie Henderson does not trust Finn Learson and his oddly unsettling secret smile. Robbie is sure that he is hiding something--but what?

The clues Robbie finds are mysterious: Finn Learson's love of dancing; an ancient gold coin that Finn gives to the family; strange omens in the ashes of a fire; and beautiful young Elspeth Henderson's increasingly odd behavior. Then, in one frightening moment, Robbie recalls his grandfather's warning and discovers at last the terrible, incredible truth about Finn Learson. And Robbie knows it's up to him to save his sister . . . before it's too late.

Only 12-year-old Robbie knows that the mysterious Finn Learson is the evil Great Selkie, the seal-man of Shetland Islands legend.Phoenix Award winning author Mollie Hunter "has written another suspense story finely laced with folklore; her storytelling is as spontaneous as it is irresistible."?H. ?Sure to keep readers spellbound.? ?SLJ.

Notable Children?s Books of 1971-1975 (ALA)
1976 Boston Globe?Horn Book Award Honor Book for Fiction
Best Books of 1975 (SLJ)
Outstanding Children's Books of 1975 (NYT)
Children's Books of 1975 (Library of Congress)

Kirkus Choice 1975

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.37 in

Published: April 6, 1977

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0064400824

ISBN - 13: 9780064400824

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A very good book I'm Hayden from montreal. I thought this book was really good. It wasn't the best book I have read, but it is still good. It's about a kid and some other not as important people. These are the carecters Robbie Henderson, his familly, Nicol Anderson, Yarle Corbie, and Finn Learson.
Date published: 2003-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A STRANGER CAME ASHORE MY NAME IS JESSICA AND IM IN GRADE 6. WHEN I FIRST SAW THE BOOK I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE BAD, BUT AS I READ IT I LOVED IT MORE AND MORE.NOW WE FINISHED THE BOOK AND I HAD TO RETURN IT. SO I WENT TO CHAPTERS AND BOUGHT IT. I THINK EVERYONE SHOULD READ IT!!!!
Date published: 2002-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Stranger Came Ashore This novel is very well written with good twists to the story. There were clever parts to this book that astounded me. I really enjoyed this novel. If you like fantasy stories, or stories that make your mind wonder I definatley recommened this book. And to the person who wrote the other review: Old Da died because Finn killed him of course. Old Da knew that Finn was the Great Selkie King, so he had to kill him. Duh!!!
Date published: 2001-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great book The book A Stranger Came Ashore was a great book by Molie Hunter. She left me in wonder of what was going to happen next. I especially liked the battle between Finn Learson and Nicol Anderson. What i don't get is Old Da dying from a chill.The book was great.I loved the suspense.It was great how Mollie Hunter hid who Finn really was in his name FINN LEAR'S SON.Honestly I think there should be a movie and a continuation... Like A Stranger Came Ashore II. I never really liked reading but after reading this book it makes me want to read more.
Date published: 2001-04-01

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A Stranger Came Ashore

by Mollie Hunter

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 176 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.37 in

Published: April 6, 1977

Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0064400824

ISBN - 13: 9780064400824

From the Publisher

A wild, stormy night . . .

A shipwreck . . .

The sudden appearance of a stranger . . .

That is how it all begins. The stranger is Finn Learson, a young and handsome man who seems to be the only survivor of the wreck. Finn Learson is charming and generous, and the Henderson family gladly give him shelter. Only young Robbie Henderson does not trust Finn Learson and his oddly unsettling secret smile. Robbie is sure that he is hiding something--but what?

The clues Robbie finds are mysterious: Finn Learson's love of dancing; an ancient gold coin that Finn gives to the family; strange omens in the ashes of a fire; and beautiful young Elspeth Henderson's increasingly odd behavior. Then, in one frightening moment, Robbie recalls his grandfather's warning and discovers at last the terrible, incredible truth about Finn Learson. And Robbie knows it's up to him to save his sister . . . before it's too late.

Only 12-year-old Robbie knows that the mysterious Finn Learson is the evil Great Selkie, the seal-man of Shetland Islands legend.Phoenix Award winning author Mollie Hunter "has written another suspense story finely laced with folklore; her storytelling is as spontaneous as it is irresistible."?H. ?Sure to keep readers spellbound.? ?SLJ.

Notable Children?s Books of 1971-1975 (ALA)
1976 Boston Globe?Horn Book Award Honor Book for Fiction
Best Books of 1975 (SLJ)
Outstanding Children's Books of 1975 (NYT)
Children's Books of 1975 (Library of Congress)

Kirkus Choice 1975

About the Author

"A suspense story finely laced with folklore; her storytellingis as spontaneous as it is irresistible." (The Horn Book)

From Our Editors

Twelve-year-old Robbie becomes convinced that the stranger befriended by his family is one of the Selkie Folk and tries to get help against his magical powers from the local wizard.

Editorial Reviews

"A suspense story finely laced with folklore; her storytellingis as spontaneous as it is irresistible." (The Horn Book)

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12