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Once upon a time in the Kingdom of Aster a strange thing happened.

They say the prince married a girl who was not what she appeared and that another girl who saved the kingdom vanished without a trace. Some said it was witchcraft. Some said it was only a legend. For those who knew the truth, it was magic....

Rescued from the sea at an early age, Pearl grew up within sight of the water...and the castle. With her pale skin and silvery hair, she was an outcast in the village. Her only friend was a boy she met on the beach -- a young prince named James, who understood Pearl's desire just to be like everyone else.

Their friendship is viewed from afar by many: a disdainful king, Pearl's worried foster parents, a jealous young mermaid, a lovestruck merman, and the powerful sea witch. Now a storm brews in the kingdom, with a tidal force that could keep Pearl and James apart.



When four siblings journey to the seashore for a holiday, one of them unwittingly summons the sister of a mermaid who is captured by a circus, and the children set out to save the imprisoned being. After a daring midnight rescue, the children's reward is an incredible journey beneath the waves and into the hidden kingdom of the mermaids. But they soon find themselves in a race against time as they struggle to prevent a war and save their new underwater companions! Here is a triumphant tale by one of the finest storytellers to ever write for children, and a pioneer of fantasy literature for this age group ( 9 - 12).


Published by Scholastic Books back in 1977. Titled "Lucy and the Merman",

 The story is of a young girl who rescues a tiny merman from a bird and helps him to return home. In exchange, he takes her on a visit of his undersea home, by temporarily turning her into a mermaid.


Out in the water, a silvery shape flashed across the waves. It was gone too quickly for Bonnie to say for sure what she had seen, but as she stood, open mouthed, she thought with amazement that somehow there had been a hand and part of a slender, pearly-white arm. The arm was draped in a long drift of lacy weed tipped in pinks and yellows and blues and greens. Fingers with glinting silver nails had been grasping the peaks of the waves as they sped toward shore, and the waves’ white caps looked like the long, flowing hair of a woman.

Bonnie's heart was hammering so hard that she pressed one fist against her chest. Beneath her clenched fingers, she could feel her grandmother's pearl, smooth and round against her skin. Was it warmer suddenly, or was it her imagination? The sound of Bobbie's calling crept into her consciousness, and she turned toward her alarmed friend.

"Bonnie! Bonnie!" cried Bobbie. "What did you see? What did you SEE?!"

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" The Secret of Mermaid Island "



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