SECRETS BENEATH THE SEA by Janet Gurtler

SECRETS BENEATH THE SEA

From the "Mermaid Kingdom" series, volume 1
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Age Range: 7 - 10
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Three young mermaids work hard to keep their friendships strong against a tidal wave of drama, secrets and envy.

Whether it is navigating changing friendships, dealing with family loss or simply finding out who you are, being 12 is difficult. After two years, Shyanna is still mourning the disappearance of her father. Entering the Melody Pageant might bring music back into her and her mother’s lives. As a half-mermaid, Rachel must deal with prejudice from other mermaids and the need to hide her form from her landlocked friends. Cora must choose between her dream of being on the Spirit Squad and standing up for what is right. The three linked stories, told from each mermaid’s point of view, make it clear that life under the sea is just as complicated as life on dry land. While the stories touch on some difficult issues, the tone is, overall, lighthearted. Social drama, fashion and mermaid magic will keep sparkle-happy readers entertained. But an emphasis on friendship, loyalty and kindness gives the stories some substance. Brightly colored illustrations of frolicking mermaids pepper the text.

A new underwater series for fans of My Little Pony and like uncomplicated fare. (Fantasy. 7-10)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-1-62370-187-1
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 2015




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