Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mermaid Books For Girls

Summer is here at last, and we're all looking for the perfect beach (or poolside) read. And what could be better than MERMAIDS? Here are some great mer-novels for middle grade readers.

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Liz Kessler captures the magic and mystery of mermaids in her popular middle grade series. Isn't Emily Windsnap the most perfect mermaid name you've ever heard?
The Tail of Emily Windsnap 
Emily Windsnap and the Monster from the Deep
Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist
Emily Windsnap and the Siren's Secret
Emily Windsnap and the Land of the Midnight Sun

Helene Boudreau's delightful Real Mermaid series is just right for tween
and young teen girls who like fantasy mixed with light romance:
Real Mermaids Don’t Wear Toe Rings
Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath
Real Mermaids Don't Need High Heels
Real Mermaids Don't Sell Sea Shells (coming in February 2014)

Alice Hoffman, one of my all-time favorite novelists, combines mermaids with her unique brand of magical realism in two standalone stories for young readers:

Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, coauthors of the beloved Peter and the Starcatchers series, turn their yarnspinning skills to mermaids in Escape from the Carnivale. The result is a fast-paced read with humor and suspense (and Peter Pan isn't even in it). Boys will enjoy this one, too.

And a few more titles to check out:

The Fish in Room 11 by Heather Dyer - This one has a boy main character, and will appeal to younger middle grade readers.

Ingo by Helen Dunmore - I haven't read this one yet, but it looks captivating! The story takes place off the coast of Cornwall.

The Forbidden Sea by Sheila NielsonThe author provides some great resources on her blog, including a discussion guide, deleted scenes which give insight into the revision process, and a book list (see below).

Island of the Aunts by Eva Ibbotsen - How can you go wrong with a novel that opens like this: "Kidnapping children is not a good idea. All the same, sometimes it has to be done." This quirky story, published in 1999, will appeal to those who like Roald Dahl. It's written in an old-fashioned, tongue-in-cheek, third person omniscient style, and is filled with mythical sea creatures, dangerously flawed adults, more than a little violence, and some truly outrageous solutions to problems. Boys and girls will both enjoy this fast-paced adventure.

If you just can't get enough mermaid stories, Sheila Nielson's blog includes a lengthy list of Mermaid Books For All Ages

And Ed's Mermaid Page has still more!

Have a happy, splashy, mermaid-filled summer! If you've ever seen a mermaid (or if you know of any other wonderful mermaid tales), please tell us about it in the comments. 

And be sure to stop by Shannon Messenger's blog for this weeks' list of Middle Grade Monday reviews.


Leandra Wallace said...

Island of the Aunt's first line totally made me smile. I love a quirky voice!

Vijaya said...

Thanks for a great list. Love Alice Hoffmann.

Ruth Donnelly said...

Leandra, I love quirky, too. Something tells me I need to read a lot more of Eva Ibbotson's work.

Thanks for commenting, Vijaya. A.H. is amazing--the beauty of her writing leaves me in awe.

Marcia said...

I didn't know there are THIS many mer-books. :)

Ruth Donnelly said...

Marcia--It is astonishing, isn't it? :P

akoss said...

I love the Emily Windsnap series.
I still have to read the very last one that came out not long ago.
Thanks for the other mermaid books. More awesomeness to add to my list.


Ruth Donnelly said...

You're welcome, Akoss, and thanks for commenting!

Unknown said...

How much fun are mermaids?! I've heard of a few of them up there, but haven't read any yet. When I was a teen, one of my favorite movies was Splash with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah. Loved it. :)

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

I haven't read any of these- yet! I have The Island of the Aunts and look forward to reading it soon. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh. Fantastic round up! Thanks for this.

Anonymous said...

Is 18 too old to be totally into all these books?