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 Mermaid school (Mermaid School)
 Author: Courtenay, Lucy

 Publisher:  Amulet Books (2020)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 116 p., ill., map, 20 cm

 BTSB No: 245434 ISBN: 9781419745195
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Mermaids -- Fiction
 School stories
 Interpersonal relations -- Fiction

Price: $14.79

It's Marnie Blue's first day at Lady Selia Foam's Mermaid School, and she's terrified. What if she can't make new friends? What if she's asked to ride a seahorse? And what if the teachers assume she's just like her aunt Christabel, a famous singer who was a troublemaker at the school? Even though Marnie is sweet and tries her best to fit in, a mermaid named Orla seems intent on getting her in trouble, and the teachers are quick to assume that Marnie is to blame. But when Orla finds herself in danger, Marnie has to prove that daring runs in her family and swim to the rescue!

 Illustrator: Dempsey, Sheena
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.40
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 510811

   Kirkus Reviews (-) (01/15/20)
   School Library Journal (02/01/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2020 Gr 2–4—Marnie Blue is nervous for her first day at Lady Sealia Foam's Mermaid School. On top of the usual first-day jitters, Marnie is worried everyone will find out her aunt is Christabel Blue, the famous singer and former school troublemaker. Marnie gets herself in trouble during a failed attempt at completing a dare by classmate Orla. Marnie learns Orla's grudge has to do with three things: Marnie's aunt; Orla's sister; and a promise to play a demo tape on the air of Christabel's radio show. When Orla's sister disappears in a hurricane and Orla leaves out of anger and frustration, Marnie puts their differences aside, borrows a school seahorse, and goes out to look for Orla. All's well that ends well in this tale of friendship, bravery, and doing what is right. Courtenay weaves many sea references and a few factual details into the fictional narrative, while Dempsey's charming illustrations help to bring the characters to life. VERDICT This first installment of the "Mermaid School" series is a fun addition to any collection for young patrons who love mermaid tales and books about friendship.—Lindsay Persohn, University of South Florida, Tampa - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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