Saturday, April 23, 2011

May by Kathryn Lasky -- ADVISABLE

Lasky, Kathryn. May, 336 pgs. Scholastic Press, 2011. $16.99. Sexual Content-G; Language-PG (3 swears); Violence-PG. When May is fifteen years old, she learns that she isn’t the daughter of the lighthouse keeper and his tyrannous “invalid” wife. She also discovers that she is a mermaid. May tries to solve the mystery of her past. She finds a chest in her father’s closet. The chest has three small mermaids inscribed on the outside and inside is a letter to her father about where the HMS Resolute sunk. May starts to study books about tides and currents to find more about the sunken ship. She meets a young Harvard student named Hugh and she is instantly attracted. Their relationship isn’t smooth sailing. Their lives are in danger by her increasingly deranged “mother” and a jealous fisherman who she has spurned. This is the second book in the Daughters of the Sea series, and although you do not necessarily need to read the first book before this one, the stories collide towards the end of the novel. This novel has romance, adventure, mystery and mermaids – sure to catch the interest of teenage girls. The ending is rather abrupt, most likely to prepare for the sequel. MS/HS – ADVISABLE. Samantha, Public Librarian.

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