The Mermaid’s Sister is a short and easy coming of age story. It is a little unusual as it is an adventure fantasy book from the perspective of a girl, Clara. She is the mermaid’s sister, that the book’s title references. The mermaid herself, Maren, plays an important role in the plot. Clara and her friend O’Neill take Maren to her future home in the ocean. The novel follows their journey and trials. The reading level is very easy, however, there are a few instances in the book that may be inappropriate for young readers.
The book deals with loss, and being true to who you are. It relies heavily on the idea that we are fated to be who we are from birth, and nothing can change that. While I don’t agree with that particular philosophy, the book’s story line is very interesting because of it. “Wishing will get you nowhere” is a theme that pops up repeatedly.
While this is a nice little novel, I had more questions than answers when I finished the book. Perhaps this was done to facilitate a sequel, but the book seemed to end fairly decidedly. Maybe it was done to emulate the real world more. We hardly ever get all the answers to our questions in reality. Perhaps it was just sloppy overlook. Whatever the reason, any book that gets me thinking outside of its cover is generally worth reading.
There is no cure for being who you truly are…
In a cottage high atop Llanfair Mountain, sixteen-year-old Clara lives with her sister, Maren, and guardian Auntie. By day, they gather herbs for Auntie’s healing potions. By night, Auntie spins tales of faraway lands and wicked fairies. Clara’s favorite story tells of three orphan infants—Clara, who was brought to Auntie by a stork; Maren, who arrived in a seashell; and their best friend, O’Neill, who was found beneath an apple tree.
One day, Clara discovers shimmering scales just beneath her sister’s skin. She realizes that Maren is becoming a mermaid—and knows that no mermaid can survive on land. Desperate to save her, Clara and O’Neill place the mermaid-girl in their gypsy wagon and set out for the sea. But no road is straight, and the trio encounters trouble around every bend. Ensnared by an evil troupe of traveling performers, Clara and O’Neill must find a way to save themselves and the ever-weakening mermaid.
And always, in the back of her mind, Clara wonders, if my sister is a mermaid, then what am I?
Title: The Mermaid’s Sister
Author: Carrie Anne Noble
Published: March 1st 2015 by Skyscape
Paperback, 236 pages