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 Princess in Black and the mermaid princess (Princess In Black)
 Author: Hale, Shannon

 Publisher:  Candlewick Press (2022)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 89 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 412094 ISBN: 9781536209778
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Princesses -- Fiction
 Mermaids -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction
 Superheroes -- Fiction

Price: $21.18

The mermaid Princess Posy needs the help of the Princess in Black and her friends to protect her very cute sea goats from being eaten by a very greedy kraken. But the princesses and the Goat Avenger quickly realize that fighting underwater can be tough for land dwellers, and only the mermaid Princess Posy can save the day.

 Added Entry - Personal Name: Hale, Dean
 Illustrator: Pham, LeUyen
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 3.40
   Points: .5   Quiz: 514633

   School Library Journal (+) (01/01/22)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2022 K-Gr 3—They've done it again! In this ninth installment, the Hales have brought back all the elements young readers love about the "Princess in Black" series—heroes in disguise, hungry monsters, imperiled goats, and ninja skills—but this time, they've set their story underwater, added a mermaid princess, and included a powerful message of speaking up to help others. The story begins with the three heroes sailing on Princess Sneezewort's ship. The Princess in Blankets would like to battle sea monsters while the Princess in Black is hoping to see a mermaid. Before long, they do meet beautiful mermaid Princess Posy, and the Princess in Black is gushing and giddy. The three friends enthusiastically offer to help the nice, but very worried, mermaid protect the capricorn (sea goats) from the krakens. Unfortunately, they discover that their monster-fighting moves are practically useless underwater. As she is drifting upside down, the Princess in Blankets lets Princess Posy know that she has the ability to protect the sea goats, assuring her that speaking up helps others. Princess Posy busts out some new ninja moves and sends the kraken packing. Afterward, she feels amazing and soon has her undersea kingdom in order. She even finds time to play with her new friends, which includes some throwbacks to previous installments. The Princess in Black is white, and her friend group is diverse. VERDICT With appealing new characters, lively language, an abundance of exclamation points, and a lush pastel-toned undersea kingdom, young readers will eagerly dive into this latest series adventure.—Sally James - Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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