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 Lilly and Fin : a mermaid's tale
 Author: Funke, Cornelia

 Publisher:  Random House (2017)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 83 p., col. ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 361582 ISBN: 9781524701017
 Ages: 7-10 Grades: 2-5

 Subjects:
 Mermaids -- Fiction
 Mermen -- Fiction

Price: $16.07

Summary:
Two merpups named Lilly and Fin must escape from the clutches of the humans who want to add them to their collection of rare aquatic creatures.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.00
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 189377
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 3-5
   Reading Level: 3.50
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 72037

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (03/15/17)
   School Library Journal (03/01/17)
   Booklist (03/15/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 03/01/2017 Gr 2–4—Lilly and Fin are adventurous merpups who live deep in the sea amid the wreckage of sunken ships with other mermaid families. Even though their parents have told them to stay close to home and beware of ships, propellers, and "two legs" (aka humans), Lilly and Fin don't give the advice a moment's thought as they sneak away to investigate a cave they recently found. Unbeknownst to them, exploring the same area are a mermaid-obsessed couple, the Snorkels. They have acquired just about every sea species there is except mermaids and they are determined to get one for their collection. Ignatius Harkenear, the famous underwater detective, has looked far and wide and has discovered this school of mermaids. The Snorkels and Harkenear jump into their submarine, the Sea Devil, in hopes of finally obtaining their prize. Lilly and Fin are exploring when the submarine invades their playground. As they scramble to evade capture, giant pincers reach out to grab them. Readers will quickly turn the pages to see if Lilly and Fin elude capture or wind up on display in the Snorkels' aquarium. VERDICT At under 100 pages, with short chapters, plenty of illustrations, and fast-paced action, this is an accessible option for young readers ready for chapter books.—Laura Fields Eason, Parker Bennett Curry Elementary School, Bowling Green, KY - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 03/15/2017 Though best friends Lilly and Finn, two mermaid children, have heard about the giant kraken and the dangerous Two-Legs (humans), they consider these horrors to be legendary characters in tales designed to keep little ones close to home. Lilly, who has a history of goading Fin into joining her escapades against his better judgment, persuades him to join her for another adventure. Meanwhile, a wealthy, greedy human couple lurks in a submarine nearby, hoping to snare a mermaid for an aquarium. After they trap Finn, it’s up to Lilly and an unlikely ally to rescue him. In the same format as Funke’s Emma and the Blue Genie (2014), Ruffleclaw (2015), and The Pirate Pig (2015), this chapter book offers an adventurous plot and entertaining dialogue in a story rounded out with imaginative details. Funke’s illustrations, nicely composed but not seen in final form, will be reproduced in color. First published in Germany in 2014, this story will appeal to many readers intrigued by mermaids. - Copyright 2017 Booklist.

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