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Charmedgurl round these novels and through that they would be good ones to add to my site. Thank you Catherine for sharing these with me, and others who come to this page.


Gr 7 Up—Tempest has lived her first 16 years as a typical human. She loves her dad, her younger brothers, her gorgeous boyfriend, and her life as a surfer girl. The only flaw in her perfect existence is the hurt and resentment she feels toward her mother, a mermaid whose return to the ocean years before left the family shattered. However, the pull of the ocean increases as Tempest's 17th birthday approaches. Warned by her mother that she would have to choose between her life on land and an unknown underwater world, she vowed that she would never embrace her mermaid heritage and abandon her family. This resolution is tested by the sudden appearance of Kai, who is an amazing surfer, irresistible to Tempest (despite the gorgeous boyfriend), and can't be entirely human. He's not. He's a selkie sent to protect her from the evil Sea Witch trying to take over the Pacific and is after Tempest due to an ancient prophecy. Circumstances force her to follow Kai into the ocean (despite the vow) and she begins to understand her mother's decision. The world-building is underdeveloped and the climactic sea battle is rushed, but the descriptions of kisses are equal to the lurid prose in any paperback romance. The first-person narration gives the relationship immediacy and, overall, this paranormal romance will satisfy voracious readers of the genre.—Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VA .


Fourteen-year-old Luce has had a tough life, but she reaches the depths of despair when she is assaulted and left on the cliffs outside of a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village. She expects to die when she tumbles into the icy waves below, but instead undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid. A tribe of mermaids finds Luce and welcomes her in—all of them, like her, lost girls who surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. Luce is thrilled with her new life until she discovers the catch: the mermaids feel an uncontrollable desire to drown seafarers, using their enchanted voices to lure ships into the rocks. Luce possesses an extraordinary singing talent, which makes her important to the tribe—she may even have a shot at becoming their queen. However her struggle to retain her humanity puts her at odds with her new friends. Will Luce be pressured into committing mass murder?

Gr 9 Up—No longer content to watch from shore, Lena decides that she wants to learn to surf. Although her father, a former surfer, forbids it, Lena accepts lessons from a friend and discovers that she is a natural. Unable to stay away from surfing, Lena risks her father discovering her new skill to seek out the impossible—a mermaid. When Lena finally makes contact, she uncovers a secret about herself and her mother that may change her family forever. L. K. Madigan's beautiful fantasy (Houghton Mifflin, 2010), firmly rooted in contemporary realism, is a tale about a girl who must learn truths about herself, family, friendship, and the world. Katie Schorr easily voices Lena's confusion, nervousness, heartache, determination, joy, and discovery. When Lena sings, Schorr's voice is captivating, adding another layer to the listening experience. For larger high school and public library collections.—Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT .

A Mermaid-in-distress to rescue? A case of illegal smuggling to stop? What about dealings with the nortorious Merfia? Or a whole city of magical creatures to save?

These are only a few of the issues Leilah and Nathair have to deal with as Mermaid Apprentices—hybrids-in-training preparing themselves to become interspecies Ambassadors between the human race and the Merfolk. But nothing is as it seems with these marine creatures, and before long, the two are thrown into a world where political espionage is only the tip of their iceberg of dilemmas. What about trying to stand each other’s company? Or their mysterious pasts that are rapidly catching up with them? With not only their future careers on the line, but also the future of Mermifica, can the two Apprentices put aside their differences and resolve the problems before it’s too late?




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