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Shadow in the Sea

Readers will return to Windwaithe Island once again. When sixteen-year-old Sadelyn Hanson washes up on the shores of Windwaithe Island, her beauty and the strange marks on her wrist make superstitious locals suspect she is a mermaid. Feigning amnesia, Sade hides a far worse secret: she was sailing to her own murder trial when she was thrown overboard by the real killer, the cunning and cruel Captain Westwood.

Sade's quiet effort to rebuild her life on the island is threatened when she meets an actual young merman. Unable to speak his language, Sade still longs for the warm companionship he offers, despite the locals' dire legends about merfolk and their dark magic. But her confused feelings for the impossible boy become the least of her problems when Captain Westwood's ship docks at Windwaithe. With nowhere to escape, Sade must trust in the one person who doesn't fear the merfolk. A woman who had dealings with them herself—years ago

Monday, January 11, 2010

Mermaid Books for All Ages

In my internet wanderings I’ve noticed that there are not a lot of comprehensive mermaid booklist out there for younger readers. As a librarian, I am constantly being asked by kids for new mermaid books to read. And since my book is a mermaid book, I’ve decided to put a list together here on my blog. They are in no particular order. Just for the record, I have not read most of these books so just because it is on the list does not mean I am endorsing the title. Read at your own risk.


Juvenile and Young Adult Fiction:
Shadow in the Sea (Sheila A. Nielson)
Forbidden Sea (Sheila A. Nielson)
Deep Blue (Jennifer Donnely
Water Trilogy (Kara Dalkey)
Daughters of the Sea Series (Kathryn Lasky)
Thora: A Half-Mermaid Tale (Gillian Johnson)
Teenage Mermaid (Ellen Schreiber)
The Mermaid Summer (Mollie Hunter)
Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of "The Little Mermaid"(Debbie Viguié)
To Catch a Mermaid (Suzanne Selfors)
The Magic Mirror of the Mermaid Queen (Delia Sherman)
The Tail of Emily Windsnap Series (Liz Kessler)
Indigo (Alice Hoffman)
Aquamarine (Alice Hoffman)
A Serenade of Mermaids (Shirley Climo)
Ingo Series (Helen Dunmore)
Sea Change (Aimee Friedman)
Drift House (Dale Peck)
Wet Magic (Edith Nesbit)
The Islander (Cynthia Rylant)
The Merman (Dick King-Smith)
The Sea Man (Jane Yolen)
Sea Princess Azuri (Erica Reis)
Forgive My Fins (Tera Lynn Childs)
Princess Pearl Series (Teri Tao)
The Mermaid's Mirror (L.K. Madigan)
Between The Land And The Sea (Derrolyn Anderson)
The Mermaid Princess (Kris Rivers)  
Lost Voices ( Sarah Porter)
Tempest Rising (Tracy Deebs)
Between the Sea and Sky (Jaclyn Dolamore)
Ripple (Mandy Hubbard)   
May: Daughter of the Sea (Kathryn Lasky
Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale (Carolyn Turgeon)
Legend (John Brindley)
The Undrowned Child (Michelle Lovric)
Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings (Hélène Boudreau)
Everblue (Brenda Pandos)
Tangled Tides (Karen Amanda Hooper)
Lies Beneath (Anne Greenwood Brown) 
The Vicious Deep  (Zoraida Cordova) 
Undertow (Callie Kingston)
Above World (Jenn Reese) 
Of Poseidon (Anna Banks) 
Watersong Series (Amanda Hocking)
 Legend (John Brindley)
Siren (Tricia Rayburn)
Florence (Ciye Cho)
Monstrous Beauty (Elizabeth Fama) 
The Secret of the Emerald Sea (Heather Matthews)
The Brides of Rollrock Island (Margo Lanagan)
Whatever After: Sink or Swim (Sarah Mlynowski)
Everblue (Brenda Pandos)
Descent (Katie O'Sullivan)
Awaken (Skye Malone)
Surfacing (Shana Norris)
  
Non-fiction Books:
The Secret World of Mermaids (Francine Rose)
The Book of Mermaids (Patricia Saxton)
Mermaids (Elizabeth Ratisseau)
The Secret History of Mermaids (Ari Berk)
Mermaid Tales from Around the World (Mary Pope Osborne and Troy Howell)
Mermaid Cookbook (Barbara Beery)
Imagine You're a Mermaid (Meg Clibbon and Lucy Clibbon)
Mermaids and Mermen (Shannon Knudsen)
Mermaids Most Amazing (Narelle Oliver) 
The Tiptoe Guide to Tracking Mermaids  (Ammi-Joan Paquette)

Intermediate Reader Chapter Books:
Mermaid Kingdom Series (Janet Gurtler)
Mermaid S.O.S. Series (Gillian Shields)
Mermaids (Lucille Recht Penner)
The Little Mermaid (Deborah Hautzig)
Fish in Room 11 (Heather Dyer)
Mermaid Tales Series (Debbie Dadey) 
Mermaids in the Backyard (Catherine Hapka and Patricia Castelao)
Mermaid Mysteries (Katy Kit)

Picture Books for Younger Readers:
The Tiniest Mermaid (Laura Garnham)
Mermaid Sister (Mary Ann Fraser)
Mermaid's Bracelet (Beth Harwood)
Mermaid Dreams ( Mark Sperring)
The Little Mermaid (Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger)
The Little Mermaid (Illustrated by Charles Santore)
The Secret Mermaid Handbook (Penny Dann)
Sukey and the Mermaid (Robert D. San Souci)
Mermaid Dance (Marjorie Hakala and Mark Jones)
Can You Catch a Mermaid? (Jane Ray)
Ten Little Mermaids (School Specialty Publishing)
The Merbaby (Teresa Bateman)
Nicholas Pipe (Robert D. San Souci)
Princess Fishtail (Frances Minters)
Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet (Jane O'connor)

I’m sure I have missed some so if you know any good mermaid books you don’t see on this list feel free to add them to comments.

12 comments:

Indecisive said...

Hm. I believe that Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli is a mermaid book.

Rebecca Herman said...

Great list. I loved the Water trilogy.

RainCoyote said...

Wow, who knew there were so many mermaid books! Coincidentally, for folklore class tonight I'm reading Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid.

Kate said...

Thank you for the list. I am always looking for more mermaid titles.

Renee said...

I am trying to find this book i read as a child. (I can only tell what parts I remember.) Its about a little girl who gets taken underwater by a mermaid for only a few minutes but when the little girl returns to the surface years have passed. Can you please let me know the name of that book. Thank you.

Sheila A. Nielson said...

I'm afraid I've never heard of a story like that. But maybe someone who visits this post in the future will recognize it and leave a title for you. Keep checking back!

Anita said...

Renee, I read the same book when I was around 8 or 10, but just like Shelia said, I don't remember. It was a good book though. sorry. :(

Anonymous said...

I read a similar book but it had a boy called Urashima Taro (translation of a japanese story)who goes in for a few minutes plays with mermaids but when he comes up a thousand years have passed!

Susan Weinstein said...

Love your list. But you might check out a new book, Tales of the Mer Family Onyx: Mermaid stories on land and under the sea.

It's on Amazon and has great reviews.

Kohana Au said...

Aloha!

We will soon be releasing the 1st edition of “Tales of the Mermaids of Waiahuakua -Those of the Sea," a collection of traditional Hawaiian creation and romantic legends involving the mermaid . The book is beautifully and artfully illustrated. These legends include stories from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Tonga, the Marquesas’ as well as the Maori of New Zealand.

"Since the time of the great voyages from Tahiti to Hawaii, the mermaid has been a part of the legend and lore. There are many tales of Hawaiian Mermaids dating back as far as when the first voyagers from Kahiki ventured forth upon the waters of the Pacific to populate “Hawaii…the land of green-backed and mottled seas.”

The book (fully returnable) will be available in an 8.5x8.5 full color soft-cover as well as an eBook through all major distributors:
978-1-77067-566-7 (Paperback)
978-1-77067-567-4 (eBook)

For further information please visit our web-site and blog: http://hawaiianmermaids.webs.com/

Mahalo Nui Loa,

Kohana Au

Anonymous said...

The Marked Ones just came out too

RuthK said...

I'm a teenager who lives to read books about teenage mermaids. I especially love Forbidden Sea, but I've read most of the books on the list and can't seem to find any more books. Suggestions?


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