Created: 21st October, 2020

Annie Lumsden: The Girl from the Sea

Author: David Almond
Illustrator: Beatrice Alemagna
Publisher: Walker

Annie Lumsden lives by the sea with her mother who sells models made from shells and sings shanties in the Slippery Eel. Annie finds conventional learning hard to fathom and often falls and tumbles, but when she enters the water she feels she has become ‘truly as I am – Annie Lumsden, seal girl, fish girl, dolphin girl’. She wants to know where she came from and who her father is and one day, as they sit on the shore, her Mam tells her a story.

Touchingly told from Annie’s own point of view, this story previously appeared in David Almond’s short story collection Half a Creature from the Sea (Walker £6.99 9781406365597), and is here beautifully blended with Beatrice Alemagna’s pictures that capture both its human warmth and its aquatic mystery.