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The Mermaid's Sister by [Carrie Anne Noble]
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Age Level: 12 - 18
Grade Level: 7 - 12

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From the Editor

A seashell, a stork, and an apple tree—modest beginnings for any story, but sometimes the greatest tales have the most unassuming starting points. In The Mermaid’s Sister, this opening sets the stage for a fantastical journey that extends far beyond its simple origins. Perhaps the most humble things are the easiest to fall in love with, because this book will weave its way into you and enchant you on every page.

The story follows sixteen-year-old Clara as she discovers shimmering, iridescent scales on her sister, Maren. Her sister is becoming a mermaid. Terrified by the implications—no mermaid can live apart from the sea—Clara sets out on a journey to save Maren. During her travels, she soon realizes: If her sister is a mermaid, then what is she?

At the heart of that question lies the power of story—particularly, I would argue, the unique power of fantasy stories, which combine impossible worlds with very real questions. Who am I? What am I to make of myself? How will I use what I’ve been given to become something in this world? From Frodo Baggins to Tristan Thorn, Westley the farm boy to Lyra Belacqua, these heroes offer us the opportunity to explore life’s essential questions in the most delightful, fascinating way: through the quests of beloved characters who must fight to find the answers that we, too, so desperately wish to know.

Luckily for you and me, we can sit securely in the safety of this world while Clara adventures through the perilous unknown to try to save her sister. Along the way, you may come to realize—as Clara does—that sometimes the grandest adventure can begin with the most modest step, and sometimes the smallest wish can grant the heart’s greatest desire.

- Courtney Miller, Editor

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Set in 1870 on and around Llanfair Mountain, Pennsylvania, this delightful fantasy novel introduces the reader to Clara and Maren, sisters adopted around the same time by a woman (“Auntie”) known throughout the village for her cures. Maren came to Auntie in a conch shell, while Clara arrived via stork. Now, at sixteen, Maren is slowly turning into a mermaid, her fingers webbing and scales appearing on her sides. Clara wants Auntie to cure Maren, but that is not an option. Auntie responds, “There is no cure for being who you truly are.” As time passes, Maren’s body transforms more rapidly; it becomes obvious that it is time for Maren to be taken to the sea or she will die. Clara and a very close family friend, O’Neill, who also happens to be the object of desire of both sisters, decide to take Maren themselves. The story follows their adventure to the sea and the unexpected perils they face on the journey as their caravan burns down and they are “rescued” and then held captive by a group of traveling performers. This novel is widely appealing: there are elements of fantasy, romance, and adventure throughout. The book is a page-turner; the story pulls the reader in and the dynamic characters and plot twists keep interest levels high. The author’s writing style is very descriptive, helping the reader truly visualize the sights, sounds, tastes, and adventures of the characters. A must read.

From Booklist

“Wishing gets you nothing,” starts off this classically told fairy tale, warning readers straight away that this fantasy isn’t one with a happy ending. Clara’s Auntie, something of a village wise woman, takes in odd and fantastic creatures: a wyvern, mysterious orphan girls, and Clara’s sister Maren, who is slowly but surely turning into a mermaid. Mermaids, however, can’t live on land, and as Clara and her best friend O’Neill set out to take Maren to a new home in the sea, Clara wonders and wishes to know what she is and what she’ll be without her sister by her side. This is as much of a mystery as the quiet romance between Clara and O’Neill, and it takes up much of the meandering of the story as their journey goes on. Adventure finds them when a traveling show kidnaps them all, and Clara must break out of her introspective shell in order to escape. Though the old-fashioned language might strike readers as a bit stilted, it works well to set the magical tone.

Product details

  • File Size : 2245 KB
  • Publication Date : March 1, 2015
  • Print Length : 237 pages
  • Publisher : Skyscape (March 1, 2015)
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 3,909 ratings