Synopses & Reviews
Everyone in Jon and Anna s village knows about the mermaid that rules the local seas. Her beauty and her cruelty are renowned. Everyone is careful to speak well of her. Everyone, that is, but Grandfather Eric. He scorns her very existence, until the day the mermaid smashes his boat against the rocks. After that, Eric must say goodbye to his family, for no one will sail with him again. But Jon and Anna decide to overcome the mermaid s curse and bring their grandfather home. Carnegie Medal-winning author Mollie Hunter spins a fantastic mermaid tale, full of mystery, excitement, and hidden danger...
‘Young Anna Anderson faces down a temperamental mermaid to save her fishing village from the vain creature’s whims and to bring her grandfather home from an exile forced by the same mermaid.Combines fiction and legend to the enhancement of both.’—C. ‘Hunter uses the folkloric mold to thoroughly enchant her readers.’—BL.
1988 Children’s Editors’Choices (BL)
About a hundred years ago, they say,
a mermaid ruled the cold sea that washed around northern lands
Everyone in Jon and Anna's village knows of the mermaid's beauty -- and her cruelty -- and is careful to speak well of her. Everyone but their grandfather, Eric, until the day the mermaid smashes his fishing boat against the rocks.
After that, Eric bids his family good-bye, for no one will sail with him again. But Jon and Anna never stop missing him, so they decide they must defeat the mermaid's curse and bring their grandfather home. . .
About the Author
Hailed as Scotland's most gifted storyteller and currently living in Inverness, Mollie Hunter has drawn many award-winning novels from her country's history. They include You Never Knew Her As I Did, a riveting tale about Mary, Queen of Scots, and her Carnegie Medal winner, The Stronghold. A Sound Of Chariots, her autobiographical novel, won the 1991 Phoenix Award from the Children's Literature Association.