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Aug 21 2017

Bad mermaids by Sibeal Pounder

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Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408877128
(Ages 8-11) Mermaids. Adventure. Fantasy. Author Sibeal Pounder's new fantasy series explores the world of mermaids and their adventures in the Hidden Lagoon. When Arabella Cod, Queen of the Mermaids is captured, it is up to Beattie Shelton and twins Mimi and Zelda Swish to rescue her. These young friends have enjoyed a short summer break living in the human world with real legs. However, after only two weeks they receive a mysterious crabagram and have to return home. Their underwater kingdom is swarming with biting piranhas and a new leader has taken control. With the aid of a talking seahorse called Steve, Beattie, Mimi and Zelda investigate the kidnapping, search for clues to the queen's whereabouts and try to free the residents of the lagoon from the evil invaders.
Travelling in their Clamarado 7, the young mermaids follow Arabella Cod's diary entries to each of the last places she visited. Each location is beautifully unique. Hammerhead Heights is a huge underwater canyon filled with thousands of mermaids swimming with their special shark tails. Here they enjoy fishy fare at Jawella's and soon eliminate Ray Ramona as a possible captor of their queen. With piranhas patrolling the waters and mermaids limited in the places they can swim freely, careful planning and teamwork is needed.
Bad mermaids is an enchanting junior novel, with colourful underwater characters, beautiful shell costumes, fancy tails and delicious fishy menus. There are fun articles from the Mermaids' newspaper, 'Clamzine', and rival reports from the enemies' point of view. Sibeal Pounder's descriptive language, fun puns, alliteration and imaginative descriptions make Bad mermaids a fun story to read for ages 8-11.
Rhyllis Bignell

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