Middle Grade Fiction

The Mermaid Call by Alex Cotter

The Mermaid Call is just my kind of book – folklore, mystery, truth and standing up for what you believe in. It encourages children to be proud of who they are and not be afraid of being unique. I was completely enchanted by the story, unable to put it down until I had finished. Since then, I’ve caught myself thinking about this new take on a mermaid tale and the important lessons it has to share.

Vivien lives with her grandmother, Mimi, in a small town that relies on the story of a mysterious mermaid to draw in the tourists. Vivien wants the legend to be true for the sake of the town and Mimi’s shop but she has her doubts. When new girl, Alice, arrives, she pulls Vivien into a risky adventure. They discover far more than they ever imagined. Sometimes legends do prove to be true!

The Mermaid Call is a story of bravery and acceptance. Links to suffragettes show readers that it’s deeds, not words, that make a difference. I love how not only the female characters are empowered to be who they were always meant to be but also Vivien’s friend, Erik, who has struggled to be true to himself for fear of teasing. There are so many layers to this gripping plot that every reader will find their own truth inside the pages.

Thank you to Nosy Crow for this completely intriguing book!

Click on the covers below to find out more or purchase on-line from bookshop.org Amazon.

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Nonfiction: Years 3/4

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