Tiktala looked down at what should have been her mittens and saw silver-grey fur, black claws-flippers. She tried to get away, but the flippers-her flippers-scratched and scrambled on the rock. Tiktal
Tiktala looked down at what should have been her mittens and saw silver-grey fur, black claws-flippers. She tried to get away, but the flippers-her flippers-scratched and scrambled on the rock. Tiktala was a harp seal.
"Spirit!" her cry rang out. "Change me back!" But no spirit answered.
Tiktala looked out at the black churning waters. She dreaded the sea, but she was more afraid of being left alone. She closed her eyes and heaved forward. "I am Tiktala," she cried, as she entered the ocean.
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an eclectic writer who takes on projects in many genres, has a broad background in both academic and creative writing. Margaret has a B.F.A. Hons. with a double major in graphic design and English, an M.A. in English, and she successfully completed Ph.D. coursework and her first candidacy exam. She has numerous publications to her credit.
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has an international reputation as an illustrator of myths and fairy tales. He is the illustrator of many books for young readers. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.