Melodie Muses On Rising Tides And Canine Friends

Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel
Published in
3 min readJul 27, 2022

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Image: Michelle Raponi, Pixabay

Storm Girl by Linda Nicklin is an eco-thriller suitable for all ages. The whole story plays out against humankind’s relationship with the planet, but Nicklin weaves an intimately human story of a young woman called Angel and some very special relationships with animals along the way.

Things are pretty desperate and Angel doesn’t know — indeed can’t know — who to trust. That even stretches to the animal kingdom. There are creatures out there who see her as a meal. But not all of them.

That special bond between person and dog

We meet a man called Mac and a dog called Leila who becomes a key part of Angel’s escape from the Reapers who tried to snatch her at the start of the book.

There’s a special bond between Leila and Mac, but while Angel needs help, Leila protects her, as though there’s a bond there too. It’s somehow more than the dog-owner relationship and more than the normal communication between person and animal.

Book cover reproduced with permission from Fantastic Books Publishing

Leila was the subject of my question to Linda Nicklin:

What sort of bonds does Leila forge with people…

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Penny Grubb
Flint and Steel

An award-winning crime novelist & long-time amateur poultry keeper, who specialised in teaching methods, healthcare & software engineering as an academic.