Author(s): Marion Day
When Spiny Sebastian Starfish is out searching for his breakfast, he's hooked, hauled up onto a boat and whisked away from his bay. He ends up in a baitfish tub on the freckle-faced fisherman's boat. The fisherman races off to another bay, and tosses Sebastian overboard. He lands in a scallop bed, and the dredge scoops him up, breaking one of his arms. Sebastian is thrown overboard again, but then he meets the alluring seahorse who encourages him to stay while his arm grows back. As Sebastian clings onto a dangling rope to watch all the baby seahorses, the rope is pulled up, up, up, and Sebastian finds himself on yet another boat. A boy wants to keep him, but Pops says he must throw the starfish back into the sea. Sebastian lands on a rocky reef - back on his own reef! And all his friends are there to welcome him home. Set in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds of New Zealand, Spiny Sebastian Starfish is the first of a set of picture books by award-winning author Marion Day.
Marion lives in the outer Pelorus Sound in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand, and has been writing for nine years. She has four published books - a children's chapter book, two pre-teen action and adventure, and Injun Joe, a biography which made the Nielsen's New Zealand bestseller and Whitcoulls top five sports books bimonthly list. She has children's stories included in anthologies and a line-up of ebooks. Marion has also won adult and children's story competitions, including being shortlisted in the annual Joy Cowley Awards. One of her pre-teen stories has been included in the ESA's New Zealand textbook for secondary school students - Level 1 Literacy Learning Workbook. Her latest success was as winner of the New Zealand Rural Women's/MPI short story and photographic competition, which saw her in Parliament to accept her award. At present she's writing a second biography at the request of The Halcyon Press, and has a young adult novel under consideration for the Storylines Tessa Duder Award.