- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 780 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 176 pages
- Publisher: Sterling Children's Books (July 12, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1454920963
- ISBN-13: 978-1454920960
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #577,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 4-6-Twelve-year-old Merryn journeys to an underwater city of gold to rescue her father from the tentacles of a Rimorosa. While Fergus the pelican watches, she constructs a submarine made from bicycle parts and beach treasures. She's resourceful and brave, just like her fisherman father and her mom, who died trying to save her long ago. There are fun moments in the story where Merryn befriends a fantastical sea creature. But Merryn faces many uncertainties exploring an abandoned merrow village that is being destroyed by underwater robots that shoot torpedoes. As she encounters sights she's only heard about in stories told by her dad, she reminisces about her family and their possible connection to this watery world. Based on the video game of the same name, the story contains battles, evasions, friendships, and interesting spaces to explore like a lighthouse, a sea garden, and the Forbidden City. One or two full-page black-and-white illustrations appear in each of the 10 short chapters (they resemble the style of art in the video game), as do soothing lyrics. VERDICT For readers who appreciate stories about family and fantastical marine adventure.-Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canadaα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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--- "Meryn has always wanted to go out to sea with her father. Everyday, he had her stay home, in fear of the monsters that lurked in the sea. One day, however, he doesn't return. She dreams of him being pulled underwater, trapped in his ship. But she knows that the dream was real. She then builds herself a small submarine out of the miscellaneous scraps her father gave her. Then, she dives deep, into the land of her father's stories and lullabies -- and discovers they were all real. Will she be able to save her father, and make it back alive? Find out in this great book! Even thought it was a quick read, I really enjoyed this book. Though I've never played the accompanying video game, I can imagine it pretty vividly! Now I really want to try the game. It was a really cool, mysterious story that kept me reading. I really liked Swish, a baby seas serpent with the personality of a puppy! Also great was the main character, Meryn, was strong, brave, loyal and smart. I only wish it was longer, and that it solved more questions. I would love to know more about Meryn's mother and the merrow people. I would recommend it to fans of the "Song of the Deep" video game, and to anyone ages 8+!"
It was a lovely novel, and I have no complaints about it. The only thing I'll mention is that, if you've played the game, the novel has a somewhat different storyline, but still features the same creatures and environments that I loved so much in the game.