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  • ISBN: 9781536209594
  • ISBN: 1536209597
  • Physical Description: 480 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2020.

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Blood calls to blood; charm calls to charm. It is the way of the world. Come close and tell us your dreams. Sanna is a mermaid -- but she is only half seavish. The night of her birth, a sea-witch cast a spell that made Sanna's people, including her landish mother, forget how and where she was born. Now Sanna is sixteen and an outsider in the seavish matriarchy, and she is determined to find her mother and learn who she is. She apprentices herself to the witch to learn the magic of making and unmaking, and with a new pair of legs and a quest to complete for her teacher, she follows a clue that leads her ashore on the Thirty-Seven Dark Islands. There, as her fellow mermaids wait in the sea, Sanna stumbles into a wall of white roses thirsty for blood, a hardscrabble people hungry for miracles, and a baroness who will do anything to live forever.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 July #1
    Sanna has never been quite like the other mermaids in her clan—she is not as strong a swimmer, and she sometimes struggles to breathe in the water. Eventually she comes to learn that this is because her mother was landish, not seavish, but the witch in her clan cast a spell to erase all memories of the circumstances of Sanna's birth. Determined to learn more, Sanna too becomes a student of magic, eventually creating a pair of legs for herself. But on the Thirty-Seven Dark Islands she finds a baroness with dark magics of her own, a man ripe for love, and a community searching for a saint. This gorgeously designed, lushly written offering from Printz Honor winner Cokal (The Kingdom of Little Wounds, 2013), which builds upon the themes of The Little Mermaid, explores how femininity manifests in Sanna's matriarchal society and outside of it. Told by a vast chorus of voices, this is a rich and stunning story that dives to startling depths, and literary teens will savor it. Grades 10-12. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Susann Cokal is the author of The Kingdom of Little Wounds, a Michael L. Printz Honor Book. Her work for adults include novels, short stories, and literary criticisms and has been widely published in literary journals and the New York Times Book Review. Susann Cokal lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Subject: Mermaids > Juvenile fiction.
Mortality > Juvenile fiction.
Magic > Juvenile fiction.
Mothers > Fiction.
Missing persons > Fiction.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.
Young adult fiction.

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