New Release Books by Janis Mackay

Janis Mackay is the author of Jump Into the New (2022), The Unlikely Time Traveller (2016), The Fairy Song (2021), Time Traveller Trilogy (2016) and other 9 books.

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Jump Into the New

release date: Jul 04, 2022
Jump Into the New
Collins Big Cat supports every primary child on their reading journey from phonics to fluency. Top authors and illustrators have created fiction and non-fiction books that children love to read. Book banded for guided and independent reading, there are reading notes in the back, comprehensive teaching and assessment support and ebooks available.

The Unlikely Time Traveller

release date: May 19, 2016
The Unlikely Time Traveller
Robbie has disappeared. And, since he'd been asking Saul a lot of questions about time travel, Saul has a good idea where he might have gone... At school they've been doing a project on the future: will it be full of robots and shiny technology? Or will the environment have been destroyed? The last thing Saul wants to do is go there and find out for sure -- but there's no way Robbie will manage on his own in the twenty-second century. The third book in Janis Makay’s much-loved Time Traveller series, set in Peebles in the Scottish borders, takes the reader to an unpredictable and exciting future filled with thought-provoking discoveries. What does the future hold in store, and can Saul get Robbie safely back to their own time?

Time Traveller Trilogy

release date: May 19, 2016
Time Traveller Trilogy
This is an ebook-exclusive omnibus of all three books in Janis Mackay's award-winning Time Traveller trilogy: The Accidental Time Traveller, The Reluctant Time Traveller and The Unlikely Time Traveller. In the first book, Saul is on his way to the corner shop when a girl appears out of nowhere. Agatha Black is from 1812, and Saul has to figure out how time travel works to get her back there. The Reluctant Time Traveller finds Saul and his friend Agnes having to travel to back to 1914 -- a world on the verge of war. Can they risk altering the past, the present -- and their future? In book three, Saul is forced to travel to an exciting and unpredictable future time. Can he get his friend back to their own -- and what does the future hold in store? This pacy, time-travelling adventure series from Janis Mackay, winner of the Scottish Children's Book Awards, is full of funny misunderstandings, gripping action, historical detail and thought-provoking discoveries.

Wild Song

release date: May 01, 2015
Wild Song
Niilo is angry and he doesn't know why. He's angry at his parents, his brother, his teachers, in fact he's angry at everyone and everything. Only one thing scares him and that's the sea. So when Niilo is sent away to a 'wild school' on a tiny island outside Helsinki, in an attempt to curb his unruly behaviour, it's his worst nightmare. But there he learns to swim, to trust another human being and overcome his fear. Niilo's newfound skill seems to offer an escape route from the island, but escaping his past and his anger isn't so straightforward.

The Reluctant Time Traveller

release date: Sep 08, 2014
The Reluctant Time Traveller
If Saul and Agnes don't do something their den will be destroyed. But the title deeds that could save it were lost in 1914. Good job they know the secret of time travel!Still, is travelling back in time to a world on the verge of war really a good idea? When Agnes disappears Saul has no choice -- he can't let her go to the past on her own.100 years before their own time, Saul and Agnes meet a brother and sister, servants at a big house where a sinister visitor is expected. Together the new friends try to uncover the mystery but Saul and Agnes know time is running out. Soon a war will begin: can they risk altering the past, the present and their future?This fun, time-twisting sequel to The Accidental Time Traveller -- winner of the Scottish Children's Book Award 2013 -- is full of historical details about World War One and will bring early-twentieth-century Scotland to life for young readers.

The Magnus Fin Trilogy

release date: Apr 30, 2014
The Magnus Fin Trilogy
On his eleventh birthday, schoolboy Magnus Fin finds out that he is half selkie - part human, part seal. Although he looks like a boy and lives on land, he can breathe underwater. In Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest, Magnus Fin must save his new-foound family from the evil force threatening all the ocean's creatures. In Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission, Magnus Fin discovers his initials scratched into rocks by the shore and must find the cause of a perilous seal sickness. Little does his know that his best friend Tarkin is also in great danger. In Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret, Magnus Fin discovered a rusty metal chest which has been flung ashore in a storm. But when he injures his hand, strange things start to happen which threaten to reveal his most precious secret. Janis Mackay won the Kelpies Prize with the first Magnus Fin story. This complete trilogy will ensure you don't miss a sentence of Magnus Fin's brilliant adventures.

The Accidental Time Traveller

release date: Feb 21, 2013
The Accidental Time Traveller
Winner of the Scottish Children's Book Award 2013 Younger Readers (8-11 years) category. I'm not mad, ok? I know this sounds off the wall, but I was just walking to the corner shop and this girl almost got hit by a car. She grabbed hold of me and told me her name's Agatha Black and she's here from the past. At first I thought she was nuts but maybe it's true. She doesn't get traffic, she's freaked out by photos and she's terrified of TV. And she knows about the past -- body snatchers, making fires, and pet monkeys. Her dad does a bit of time travel. But obviously, he's not very good at it. I mean, he got her lost. Now it's me that has to get her back ? to 1812!

The Wee Seal

release date: Jan 01, 2013
The Wee Seal
The story of a tender relationship between a young boy and wild baby seal

Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret

release date: Feb 23, 2012
Magnus Fin and the Selkie Secret
On his eleventh birthday, schoolboy Magnus Fin found out that he is half selkie – part human, part seal. Although he looks like a boy and lives on land, he can breathe underwater. When a rusty metal chest is flung ashore in a storm, Magnus Fin decides to investigate. But he injures his hand on the strange box, and his sealskin starts to show through. His teacher realises that there's something very unusual about Magnus Fin -- and rumours start to spread. Deep in the ocean, the great sea god Neptune has problems of his own. The treasures of wisdom have been stolen, and his memory and powers are fading fast. Could his missing treasure be inside the chest that's been washed ashore? Magnus Fin is the only one who can find out and restore order under the sea. But a young journalist is investigating the rumours about 'fish people'. Can Magnus Fin complete his mission before the selkie secret is revealed and his selkie family are forced to leave the bay forever? Janis Mackay also wrote the Kelpies Prize-winning Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest, and Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission. This is the third book in the series.

The Selkie Girl

release date: Jan 01, 2014
The Selkie Girl
Janis Mackay's thoughtful and touching retelling of this classic scottish folk tale is beautifully brought to life by Ruchi Mhasane's illustrations, and the lyrical text makes this a wonderful story to read before bedtime.' - ReadItDaddy 'Beautiful books which are a great introduction to the folklore genre... Wonderful stories which will give children a real sense of Scottish culture.' - Creative Steps 'This is a wonderful book about finding friends and contentment, beautifully illustrated.' - Juno magazineFergus lives with his father by the sea, but is lonely. He wants a friend more than anything. One day Fergus finds treasure on the beach: a beautiful fur blanket hidden in the rocks. But Fergus doesn't know that his treasure belongs to someone else - a selkie girl has lost her seal skin and can't go home to the sea without it. Will Fergus give his new friend what she needs, and risk being lonely again? This is a lovely retelling of the traditional Scottish folk tale of the selkie (a seal who can become human) adapted for a young audience. Beautifully written by storyteller and selkie storyteller Janis Mackay, the tale is accompanied by stunning illustrations by Ruchi Mhasane. The Selkie Girl is one of the first titles released in the Picture Kelpies: Traditional Scottish Tales range of picture books that bring classic Scottish folk and fairy tales to life for young children."|Janis Mackay currently lives in Edinburgh, where she teaches creative writing and works as a writer and storyteller. She is the author of several novels for older children including the Magnus Fin trilogy, and The Accidental Time Traveller, winner of a Scottish Children's Book Award.Ruchi Mhasane has a masters degree in children's book illustration from Cambridge School of Art. She currently lives in India, where she grew up."

Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest

release date: Dec 08, 2011
Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest
There has always been something unusual about Magnus Fin, a school misfit. On his eleventh birthday Magnus throws a message in a bottle out to sea, wishing for a best friend and to be more brave -- and he gets a lot more than he bargained for. Magnus discovers that he is half selkie -- part seal, part human -- and his selkie family urgently need his help. Can Magnus save his new-found family from the evil force threatening all the ocean's creatures? And will he find the friend he has always dreamed of? Winner of the Kelpies Prize.

Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission

release date: Dec 08, 2011
Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission
On his eleventh birthday, schoolboy Magnus Fin found out that he was half selkie -- part human, part seal. Although he looks like a boy and lives on land, he can breathe underwater. When Magnus Fin discovers his initials scratched into the rocks by the shore and finds dead seals washed up on the beach, he knows his selkie family needs his help, and he dives down beneath the waves to find out more. The great seal sickness has struck and his grandmother Miranda is dangerously ill. But Magnus Fin is sure there's another reason for their affliction. He sets out to reveal the truth, with just his moonstone, his last baby tooth and some seaweed from Neptune's garden for luck. Little does he know that his best friend Tarkin, who can't swim, is determined to join him on this perilous mission. This is the exciting sequel to Kelpie Prize-winning Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest.
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