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The Mermaid's Mirror Hardcover – October 4, 2010
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up–Lena has always been drawn to the sea and has spent her life on the Northern California coast watching her friends surf. As her 16th birthday approaches, she decides she is tired of sitting on the sand and vows to take lessons despite the fact that her father forbids it. The lure of the ocean becomes overwhelming as she starts sleepwalking and waking up at the shore. Then she spots what appears to be a woman's head above the water's surface. Had Lena seen a mermaid? What compelled her father to stop riding the waves and never again set foot in the ocean? Braving the deadly breakers at Magic Crescent Cove so she can see the mysterious figure again, she wipes out and nearly drowns, but the mermaid saves her and slips a small gold key in her hand. Now Lena must find out what it unlocks and try to solve the mystery of her past. What she discovers is an amazing underwater domain seen through a magical mirror. Madigan's exquisite writing results in realistic characters and a compelling plot set in vivid scenery, making this tale extremely palatable. By the time Lena's secret world is revealed, readers are fully committed to her story and, while the culmination may disappoint, this is one fantasy worth reading.–Tara Kehoe, Plainsboro Public Library, NJ. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
*Starred Review* Lena, almost 16 and living in a northern California surfing community, has been forbidden by her father, a former surfer who suffered a terrible accident in the water years ago, from learning her peers’ favorite sport. She is an excellent swimmer, though, and while spending time at the local beach, she begins to think she might be seeing a mermaid out in the waves. Being a practical girl, this of course strikes her as unlikely, but a host of subtle clues that include the discovery of her mother’s true identity and fate lead her to an undersea world of mer-folk. Lena distances herself from her life on land as she takes up residence in her mother’s community below the ocean, but eventually she must choose between her diverging destinies. Madigan does a stellar job of bringing readers inexorably from what at first seems like a realistic problem-novel plot of family issues to an enjoyable fantasy of a girl who finds that she is only half human. The characters, whether teen, child, or adult, are well-rounded and integrated into the plot. In addition to her parents, Lena must also consider the sensibilities of her younger brother and her best friend and figure out how she feels about her two boyfriends, one human and one mer. With highly imagistic descriptions and savvy dialogue, Madigan offers a rewarding and credible story that uses fantasy elements to bare truths about family ties. Grades 8-10. --Francisca Goldsmith
Top customer reviews
Lena is almost sixteen and has lately been finding herself waking up in the early mornings on the beach, barefoot in her pajamas. What's more she believes she's seeing a mermaid in the water. And she is taking surfing lessons on the sly, because her father will not let her despite her deep love of the ocean. She's a natural at it and in a risky move, she surfs Magick, a place where even the best surfers are wary of because of the reefs and holes. It is there that she sees the mermaid again and receives something from her that opens up the mystery surrounding her mother's death.
I stayed up until five am reading this book, it was that good. It had some romance, not much, but it was more about family and trust and Lena having to make tough choices. She hovers between two worlds and is only allowed to choose one for the rest of her life and Fate has been cruel in putting her true love in one and her family in another. Madigan gives a fascinating glimpse into what a merperson's world would look like and what their days would be filled with and I think she does an equally good job and portraying Lena as a typical teen.
The story flowed smoothly and nothing felt contrived or out of place. Madigan's writing is easy to read and moves along at a fast pace considering I read the book in a few hours in the middle of the night. I also just couldn't put it down. I had to know what Lena's choice was because there wasn't a win/win situation for her. The epilogue is a good way to end the book, though somewhat a given considering all that has happened. I only wish that maybe a merman's head would have popped up at Magicks while Lena was there, hoping there was someway to redeem that situation. Ms. Madigan also includes a little information in the back of the book stating that Magicks was based on a real place where a surfer died.
This original review was from July 2010
and much like the end of the book, the writers life ended as well. this woman fought with cancer and lost. she had been working on book two when she was told she had cancer. LIsa,( writers name) liked mermaids, doctor who( which right there made her awesome) and books. this woman is and was amazing, and I will miss her writing. and I hope someone finds the 2nt book and finishes it and publishes in her name and honor!
So while it was somewhat boring and unbelievable for me I could see where it might be very entertaining for a young girl so that is why I am not panning it completely but I think adults should be aware that this quite likely will not be their cup of tea.