On Midnight Beach

It was a very hot summer in Donegal in 1976 – the hottest one that Emer and her friends Fedelma, Kit and Dog had ever known. And it was the summer that so many things were going to change. It all started with a dolphin swimming into Union Cove bay. At first it was fun sneaking out at night to swim with the dolphin they named Rinn. Soon the whole village knew about Rinn, but then the gang from the next village down the coast got the idea of stealing Rinn. That’s when the trouble really started.

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In this beautiful, epic coming-of-age novel, an old tale is rewoven as a stunning YA story by well-known Irish author/illustrator Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick.

I kept clear of Dog Cullen. Till the summer we turned seventeen, the summer the dolphin came to Carrig Cove . . .

Donegal, 1976

When a dolphin takes up residence in Carrig Cove, Emer and her best friend, Fee, feel like they have an instant connection with it. Then Dog Cullen and his sidekick, Kit, turn up, and the four friends begin to sneak out at midnight to go down to the beach, daring each other to swim closer and closer to the creature . . .

But the fame and fortune the dolphin brings to their small village builds resentment amongst their neighbours across the bay, and the summer days get longer and hotter . . . There is something wild and intense in the air. Love feels fierce, old hatreds fester, and suddenly everything feels worth fighting for.

'An entirely compelling, yet beautiful novel that captures the essence of growing up. I loved it' Sarah Crossan

'An instant classic. Fitzpatrick breathes modern magic into an ancient legend. A wonderful book' Eoin Colfer

Additional information

Weight 266 g
Dimensions 198 × 129 × 19 mm
Author

Fitzpatrick, Marie-Louise

Publisher

Faber & Faber

Imprint

Faber & Faber

Cover

Paperback

Pages

304

Language

English

Edition

Paperback original

Dewey

823.92 (edition:23)

Readership

Children – juvenile / Code: J

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