The Seal’s Fate

One way or another, Bobby, in Eoin Colfer’s re-issued story The Seal’s Fate for Barrington Stoke, won’t club the seal to death. You know this. But how will he avoid doing so?

Inspired by something Eoin’s father told him, this is set in an older Ireland, in a fishing village where things are not going well. There is less fish every time, and now they feel it’s the seals eating their catch that is the problem. And the solution is to offer the children money for every seal they kill.

But Bobby doesn’t feel like a seal killer. On the other hand, he can’t disappoint his fisherman father. His friends all seem far cooler about this clubbing of seals, too.

I couldn’t work out how Bobby was going to get out of it.

Eoin Colfer and Victor Ambrus, The Seal's Fate

(Wonderful illustrations by Victor Ambrus.)

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