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 perfectly preserved 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.
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, junior readers will be thrilled and moved by this captivating story.
Finalist for the LIANZA Junior Fiction Award – Esther Glen Medal 2013
Finalist Junior Fiction
New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2013
Rachael King has previously written two novels for adults - The Sound of Butterflies and Magpie Hall. The Sound of Butterflies was a bestseller and in 2007 won the Montana NZSA Hubert Church Best First Book Award for Fiction. Rachael has worked in various media, including Rip it Up, Staple, Pavement and 95bFM, and as a researcher for television. She played bass guitar in several Flying Nun bands until the mid-90s. In 2008 she was the Ursula Bethell writer-in-residence at Canterbury University.