Welcome back to Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers! To those of you new to the site, I hope you enjoy your visit and decide to stick around for a while! For those that have stuck around...you rock, you know it and THAT is how you show it! (LOL) Anywho...a small blip of information before we delve into the meat of the post. If you haven't heard, there is a great new event (may be a little bias on that part) coming to a book blog near you this July...it's called Got Books?. It's a celebration of books (of course) and the book BLOGGERS that help shine a light on them. If you'd like to learn more, check out the site....if not, no worries, I won't hold it against, but you will be missing out on some awesome-tastic fun. (No pressure, really...) Alright, enough with the promotion....on with the show!
Today's post highlights a recent addition to the Kids Fiction genre and a unique one at that. It combines a watery tale of mermaids and seas creatures with a story full of heart and love. Without further adieu, today's book of choice is....
Keeper is ten years old. Full of life and spirit, she is the apple of the collective eye of Oyster Ridge Road. Right on the Gulf of Mexico (wow...familiar area), the lives of the residents may seem small and insignificant from afar, but they each play an important role in each others lives whether everyone realizes it or not. Signe is Keeper's guardian and the maker of fabulous gumbo. Dogie is Keeper's "employer", owner of a fuzzy one called Too (his dog) and friend-with-a-crush to Signe. Mr. Beauchamp is their elderly neighbor who loves nothing more than a good chat and his faithful feline companion Sinbad. Then there is Meggie Marie, Keeper's mermaid mother.
An enjoyable read through and through...I'd recommend this lovely book for young readers as well as adults. Books like these give each age group a different message upon reading them. Young ones may only be enraptured by the potential existence of mer-people while older folks may only look at some of the relationships and give a humph as they turn a deaf ear to your exuberance. That's part of the beauty of reading! It's up for interpretation by every reader and it makes the adventure that more enjoyable, in my humble opinion.
The release date for this book was scheduled last month (05/18/10), so it should be on shelves near you right now. If you check it out, let me know! I'd love to hear your thoughts! Special thanks to Lucille at Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing for the ARC to review. (THANKS) For more information on this and many other wonderful titles, check out their website, or follow along on Twitter! (Love that little blue birdie...connecting me to all that I enjoy!)
So...mer-people. What's YOUR take? The author includes a rather interesting is not curious section at the end of the book explaining a few of the words used in the novel but on the subject of mer-people, she merely states to "find a body of water". Certainly makes you wonder...but do you believe? Share your thoughts and favorite mermaid/merman tails....I mean tales....
Until next time....happy reading!