Synopses & Reviews
Jane has traveled the world with her father and brother, but it's not until her fractured family-still silently suffering from the loss of Jane's mother many years before-inherits a house and a history in Coney Island that she finally begins to find a home. With the help of a new community of friends, a mermaid's secrets, and a tattooed love interest with traffic-stopping good looks, the once plain Jane begins to blossom and gains the courage to explore the secrets of her mother's past.
Colorful characters, beautiful writing, and a vibrant, embattled beachfront backdrop make this the perfect summer read for anyone who has ever tried to find true love or a place to call home.
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"A wonderful book, a story of secrets and memory, of terrible loss and hard truths, of nighttime adventures with a boy who comes this close to kissing you... and how a girl finds her own path to belonging." -Judy Blundell, author of What I Saw and How I Lied
, winner of the National Book Award
"Tara Altebrando makes the bizarre, sensational and sad story of Coney Island seem vital and urgent-whether you have ever been there or not. An entirely strange, wonderfully romantic, and surprisingly political tale." -E. Lockhart, author of Printz Honor Book The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks and The Boyfriend List
"A boardwalk fantasia of mermaids, dwarves, bearded girls, contortionists, and beautiful tattooed boys. This charming, sea-salty book stays with you like a half-remembered dream-the kind you wish would never end." -Natalie Standiford, author of Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters and How to Say Goodbye in Robot
Jane, her twin brother Marcus, and their father have been on the road since her mother's departure years ago, but when they inherit a house on Coney Island, Jane not only begins to find a home, she learns much about her mother, too.
About the Author
Tara Altebrando is an author of books for teens and adults. She lives with her husband and young daughter in Astoria, Queens.