Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Secret World of Mermaids by Jordan Quinn -- ADVISABLE

Quinn, Jordan The Secret World of Mermaids (Kingdom of Wrenly #8), illustrated by Robert McPhillips. Little Simon (Simon & Schuster), 2015. $5.99. Content: G.

Prince Lucas is dejected because his villager friend Clara has discovered most of the cool stuff on their adventures. But Lucas finally gets his chance when the two of them go out to sea on a tiny raft and a wave knocks them into the ocean. There before Lucas is the mermaid kingdom so many have talked about but few have ever seen. But how is he supposed to get to know creatures who value their privacy over friendship with humans?

Like the other books in the series, this one has a good mix of mystery and adventure, all set in an enchanting fantasy world filled with castles and dragons and magic. The message about how the best friendships are worth working toward is an important one and covered in a respectful way. The large-print text is interspersed with abundant illustrations, making this one work well for readers who are new to chapter books.

EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn

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