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Daughters of the Sea series by Kathryn Lasky

04 Jun

Just in time for the start of Teen Summer Reading 2013: “Beneath the Surface”!

Here is a series about mermaids and some other recommendations on reading tales from under the sea…

daughters+of+the+sea Daughters of the Sea – Hannah

Kathryn Lasky, author of the popular Guardians of Ga’hoole series, takes her talents into the realm of fantastical historical fiction, an otherworldly and untraditional approach to mermaids.  Orphaned Hannah is sent from the orphanage in Boston to live in Kansas where she has a peculiar sickness. Her caretakers, afraid of catching her illness, send her back where she is hired to be a scullery maid in a great house in Boston. There she becomes embroiled in a game of cat and mouse, where the eldest daughter of the house, Lila, and her feline Jade are out to destroy her and her mysterious connections with a famous young painter. But Hannah is also being called by another force, a stronger one, her deep desire to flee into the sea. 

Daughters of the Sea – Maymay

The second book in the series Daughters of the Sea stars May, a dutiful girl who cares for her shrewish invalid mother, Zeeba, and her loving but overprotective father, Gar.  When May learns she is not their real daughter, she finds freedom to rebel against bitter Zeeba and escape to the forbidden ocean. She desires to learn more about where she came from and how the sea brought her to Gar. As she explores, she meets two men, one mysterious and dangerous and the other sweet and wonderful, and May cannot be too careful with her secret identity.  Being a mermaid has its dangers as well as delights, and May finds out she has more to lose than just her own happiness.
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Daughters of the Sea – Lucy

I’ve yet to read the third in the series, but I’ll add it when I get around to it!

This series would be great for middle school age girls, or girls who enjoy the H20 show on Nickelodeon.  Also, somewhat of a middle grades read-alike for this series would be the Water Trilogy by Kara Dalkey (Ascension, Reunion, Transformation), which I absolutely loved! Others are the Lost Voices trilogy by Sarah Porter and the Real Mermaids books by Helen Boudreau, which I haven’t read, but you can check them out on Goodreads or Amazon to see if they’re interesting. (I did note that reviews of Ms. Boudreau’s books noted they had specific references to puberty and growing up female.)  They might also like Midnight Pearls, a retelling of The Little Mermaid, which I enjoyed, that is part of an entire YA series of retelling classic fairytales.

P.S. I’ve got SO MANY posts to finish and not near enough time to do it in! And I could NOT fix the formatting problems on this post! Frustration!

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