The Sea Man

by Jane Yolen
Release date: 1997
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: fantasy, young adult

What creature is this – half man, half fish? So wonder the crew of a small Dutch ship when they pull the creature up from the sea. Surely, they say, we should kill it before it brings bad luck. But the ship's lieutenant is not a superstitious man. Unlike his crew, he feels honor bound to heal the creature and return him to sea. When he spies a sea wife and sea child waiting by the boat, the lieutenant knows the time has come. What he doesn't know is that his compassion has earned him a guardian and a friend whose knowledge of the ocean will forever touch his life.

With The Sea Man, Jane Yolen spins a rich fantasy which reminds us that learning to accept others, despite their differences, can open us to vast new worlds of truth and understanding.

(updated 2010-09-07)

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