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by (author) Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon

illustrated by Laszlo Gal

Fitzhenry and Whiteside
Initial publish date
Sep 2007
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2007
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2005
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 7
  • Reading age: 7 to 18


McNally Robinson Book for Young People Award

Parents' Choice Honour Award

Tiktala looked out at the black churning waters. She dreaded the sea, but she was more afraid of being left alone. She closed her eyes and heaved forward. "I am Tiktala," she cried, as she entered the ocean.

Tiktala looked down at what should have been her mittens and saw silver-grey fur, black claws-flippers. She tried to get away, but the flippers-her flippers-scratched and scrambled on the rock. Tiktala was a harp seal.

"Spirit!" her cry rang out. "Change me back!" But no spirit answered.

"Shaw-MacKinnon introduces children to the demands of the creative spirit while increasing their awareness of the needs of nature and the role humans play in protecting wildlife"
-- School Library Journal

About the authors

Margaret Shaw MacKinnon is a Fitzhenry and Whiteside author.

Margaret Shaw-MacKinnon's profile page

Laszlo Gal was one of Canada's most highly regarded illustrators of children's books whose many awards include the Canadian Council Children's Literature Prize (twice) and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award. He is know for his brilliant interpretations of traditional texts, and for many years it was his dream to illustrate Beowulf.

Laszlo Gal's profile page

Other titles by Laszlo Gal