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Keeperby Kathi Appelt
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To ten-year-old Keeper, this moon is her chance to fix all that has gone wrong... and so much has gone wrong. But she knows who can make things right again: Meggie Marie, her mermaid mother who swam away when Keeper was just three. A blue moon calls the mermaids to gather at the sandbar, and that's exactly where she is headed — in a small boat, in the middle of the night, with only her dog, BD (Best Dog), and a seagull named Captain. When the riptide pulls at the boat, tugging her away from the shore and deep into the rough waters of the Gulf of Mexico, panic sets in, and the fairy tales that lured her out there go tumbling into the waves. Maybe the blue moon isn't magic and maybe the sandbar won't sparkle with mermaids and maybe — Oh, no... "Maybe" is just too difficult to bear. Kathi Appelt follows up to her New York Times bestseller, The Underneath, with a tale that will pull right at your very core — stronger than moon currents — capturing the crash and echo of the waves and the dark magic of the ocean.
On a day when everything goes wrong, a little girl relies on the magic of the blue moon to turn things around. Since her mother swam away seven years ago, ten-year-old Keeper has lived happily with Signe on a remote slice of Texas coast, convinced that her mother’s a mermaid. Keeper’s waited all summer for the blue moon, when Signe will make blue moon gumbo, their friend Dogie will propose to Signe and their elderly neighbor’s night-blooming cereus will flower. But when she accidentally spoils everything, Keeper sets out under the blue moon in a small boat, determined to row across dangerous Gulf waters to find her mother. While the action occurs in a single day, Appelt relies on flashbacks to flesh out her diverse human, animal and mythical characters. Deftly spinning together mermaid lore, local legend and natural history, this stunning tale proves “every landscape has its magical beings,” and the most unlikely ones can form a perfect family. Hall’s black-and-white illustrations lend perspective and immediacy. Beautiful and evocative—an absolute “keeper.” (Starred Review)Kirkus Reviews
"A complex plot structure, varying points of view, subtle symbolism, and allusions to classics...make for a literary exploration of the search for love and meaning that will absorb and reward patient, thoughtful readers." Booklist
"Filled with love, wild adventure, family drama, and even a touch of true fantasy, this is a deeply satisfying tale." School Library Journal
The Keeper is a novel of mermaids and magic from National Book Award finalist and Newbery Honoree Kathi Appelt.
Newbery Honoree Appelt enchants with a tale about mermaids, mermen, and what happens when a girl outgrows fairy tales just a little too late.
Keeper was born in the ocean, and she believes she is part mermaid. So as a ten-year-old she goes out looking for her motherand#8212;an unpredictable and uncommonly gorgeous woman who swam away when Keeper was threeand#8212;and heads right for the ocean, right for the sandbar where mermaids are known to gather. But her boat is too small for the surfand#8212;and much too small for the storm that is brewing on the horizon.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Kathi Appelt follows her award-winning and andlt;Iandgt;New York Times andlt;/Iandgt;bestselling novel andlt;Iandgt;The Underneath andlt;/Iandgt;with this stunning, mysterious, and breathtaking tale of a girl who outgrows fairy tales just a little too lateand#8212;and learns in the end that there is nothing more magical and mythical than love itself.
About the Author
Kathi Appelt, at the age of seven, stumbled and fell into an alligator pit in San Antonio, Texas, a place where there should be no alligators or alligator pits. Fortunately she was a lot bigger than the alligator, who was more scared of her than she was of it. She is a member of the faculty at Vermont College's Master of Fine Arts program and occasionally teaches creative writing at Texas A&M University. She has two grown children, and lives in Texas with her husband and four cats. Her debut novel, The Underneath, was a National Book Award finalist and a Newbery Honor book.
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