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Secrets Beneath the Sea
Secrets Beneath the Sea
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Secrets Beneath the Sea

by Janet Gurtler
Illustrated by Katie Wood

Like most 12-year-old girls, Shyanna, Rachel, and Cora deal with the daily dramas of growing up. Unlike most 12-year-old girls, they deal with it underwater as mermaids. The allure of life on land is a constant presence in the life of a mermaid, and friendships are tested with secrets, lies, and jealousy. The magical and mysterious world of mermaids is brought to life in Mermaid Kingdom.Take a deep breath, dive in, and get swept away.

PublisherCapstone Young Readers
Age Level7-10 Years
Reading LevelGrades 3-5
GenreFantasy & Science Fiction
SubjectFantasy & Science Fiction
Trim Size5 x 7 3/4
Page Count288



Kirkus Reviews

"While the stories touch on some difficult issues, the tone is, overall, lighthearted. Social drama, fashion and mermaid magic will keep sparkle-happy readers entertained. But an emphasis on friendship, loyalty and kindness gives the stories some substance. Brightly colored illustrations of frolicking mermaids pepper the text. A new underwater series for fans of My Little Pony and like uncomplicated fare." - Kirkus Reviews

January 1, 2015

San Francisco Book Review - Murphy, Age 10

"Have you ever wanted to learn about mermaid life? Now’s your chance! . . .I liked this book because all the stories were exciting, and the illustrations were very beautiful." - San Francisco Book Review

March 5, 2015

CM Magazine - Ruth Scales McMahon

"The mix of fantasy, realism and ‘bling’ will appeal to audiences who enjoyed books like the “Rainbow Fairy” books, the Disney version of The Little Mermaid and the “Magic Ballerina” series. . . .For those who get caught in the net of this story, the first in a proposed series, it will make future reading choices easy. The age-appropriate, direct writing style and the subject matter make this a solid title for those who have the money and are looking for additional titles to entertain girls ages 7 to 10." - CM Magazine

April 17, 2015

Janet Gurtler

Janet Gurtler

Janet Gurtler has written numerous well-received YA books. Mermaid Kingdom is her debut series for the middle-grade market. She lives in Calgary, Alberta, near the Canadian Rockies, with her husband, son, and a chubby Chihuahua named Bruce. Gurtler does not live in an Igloo or play hockey, but she does love maple syrup and says "eh" a lot.

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