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Mary Margaret is a spunky ten-year-old girl with a tough mission. Her mother has asked her to accompany her recently widowed grandmother on a cruise to the Greek Islands. Mary Margaret wonders if she'll really be able to help her grandma get the rest, relaxation, and recuperation she needs, or if she'll just be in the way on this seniors-only cruise.
But in time Mary Margaret makes new friends, helps her grandmother say good-bye to Grandpa, and finally has a chance to fulfill her being-a-mermaid dream by joining in a beachside wedding dressed as a mermaid. Along the way she learns a little about the ancient world, a little more about herself, and a lot about delighting some grown-ups who need a little red-headed mermaid in their lives. A smart and sensitive story told through the journal entries of a very precocious mermaid-in-training.
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Lynn Hazen lives in Northern California. She studied writing at the Vermont Institute of Children's Literature. This is her first book for children.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-5–Mary Margaret, 11, longs to be a mermaid so much so that when she leaves for a cruise of the Greek Islands with her grandmother after her grandfather's death, she steals her sister's bikini top for a mermaid costume and then worries about her sister's reaction. She worries, too, about her grandmother, who is quiet and despondent for most of the trip. Fortunately, there are plenty of other things, both on and off the ship, to occupy her attention. She wonders if she'll ever get the chance to meet Miss Victoria, the glamorous singer who performs every evening. There are the museums and sights that await her whenever the ship docks. Then, she is asked to be a mermaid flower girl in Miss Victoria's beach wedding, and she is ecstatic. Written in diary format, this novel is reminiscent of Carol Weston's "Melanie Martin" series (Knopf), but for a younger audience. Mary Margaret is an appealing character with an authentic voice and believable concerns and interests. Her grief over her grandfather's death and her concern about her grandmother add tenderness and emotional depth to the novel, while her obsession with mermaids (which has apparently earned the disapproval of her Catholic school teachers) lightens the mood. Overall, this is an entertaining travel story.–Ashley Larsen, Woodside Library, CA
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Book Description Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 2004. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111582348693
Book Description Bloomsbury USA Childrens. Hardcover. Condition: New. 1582348693 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW7.0692426