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The Mermaid's Mirror

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Lena has lived her whole life near the beach – walking for miles up and down the shore and breathing the salty air, swimming in the cold water, and watching the surfers rule the waves – the problem is, shes spent her whole life just watching.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Lena vows she will no longer watch from the sand: she will learn to surf.

But her father – a former surfer himself – refuses to allow her to take lessons. After a near drowning in his past, he cant bear to let Lena take up the risky sport.  

Yet something lures Lena to the water … an ancient, powerful magic. One morning Lena catches sight of this magic: a beautiful woman – with a silvery tail.

Nothing will keep Lena from seeking the mermaid, not even the dangerous waves at Magic Crescent Cove.

And soon … what she sees in the mermaids mirror will change her life …

Review:

"Mixing supernatural elements with the types of family problems and growing pains she explored in Flash Burnout, Madigan introduces Lena, a girl obsessed with the sea and learning to surf, which she has been forbidden to do since her father's surfing accident many years earlier. When Lena begins to hear a voice calling her name, she also begins to sleepwalk, to space out, and to see a mermaid to whom she is inexplicably drawn, which all intensify her need to surf at a dangerous cove to solve the mystery. 'A thrill of rebelliousness fluttered in Lena's belly. She could almost feel the waves lifting her on the board, could almost taste the salt of the sea on her lips.' Certain scenes, particularly when Lena is learning to surf or being told about riptides or other dangers, feel overly instructional, and Lena is developed much more fully than the other characters (except perhaps her father). Nonetheless, the emotions at play feel very real, and Madigan does a good job of evoking the fog of uncertainty that envelops Lena as she uncovers long-buried secrets--she truly is like a fish out of water. Ages 12 — up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

Synopsis:

A message. A key. A mirror. A secret world unlocked--and soon, a look into the mermaid's mirror will change Lena's life forever.

Synopsis:

A message. A key. A mirror. A secret world unlocked. Lena has lived her whole life near the beach, walking the shore, breathing the salty air,swimming in the cold water, and watching the surfers rule the waves. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Lena vows to learn to surf. Her father forbids it. But something Lena cant identify at first—an ancient, powerful magic—keeps drawing her to the water. One day, she finally catches sight of it: a beautiful woman, with a silvery tail. Now nothing can stop Lena from seeking the mermaid, not even the dangerouswaves at Magic Crescent Cove.

And what Lena sees in the mermaids mirror will change her life forever.

About the Author

L. K. Madigan lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband, son, two big black dogs, hundreds of books, and a couple of vintage cars.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780547194912
Author:
Madigan, L. K.
Publisher:
HMH Books for Young Readers
Author:
Porter, Sarah
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Legends, Myths, & Fables - Other
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20101028
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7 x 5 in 0.52 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Mixing supernatural elements with the types of family problems and growing pains she explored in Flash Burnout, Madigan introduces Lena, a girl obsessed with the sea and learning to surf, which she has been forbidden to do since her father's surfing accident many years earlier. When Lena begins to hear a voice calling her name, she also begins to sleepwalk, to space out, and to see a mermaid to whom she is inexplicably drawn, which all intensify her need to surf at a dangerous cove to solve the mystery. 'A thrill of rebelliousness fluttered in Lena's belly. She could almost feel the waves lifting her on the board, could almost taste the salt of the sea on her lips.' Certain scenes, particularly when Lena is learning to surf or being told about riptides or other dangers, feel overly instructional, and Lena is developed much more fully than the other characters (except perhaps her father). Nonetheless, the emotions at play feel very real, and Madigan does a good job of evoking the fog of uncertainty that envelops Lena as she uncovers long-buried secrets--she truly is like a fish out of water. Ages 12 — up. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , A message. A key. A mirror. A secret world unlocked--and soon, a look into the mermaid's mirror will change Lena's life forever.
"Synopsis" by ,

A message. A key. A mirror. A secret world unlocked. Lena has lived her whole life near the beach, walking the shore, breathing the salty air,swimming in the cold water, and watching the surfers rule the waves. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Lena vows to learn to surf. Her father forbids it. But something Lena cant identify at first—an ancient, powerful magic—keeps drawing her to the water. One day, she finally catches sight of it: a beautiful woman, with a silvery tail. Now nothing can stop Lena from seeking the mermaid, not even the dangerouswaves at Magic Crescent Cove.

And what Lena sees in the mermaids mirror will change her life forever.

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