On the Rocks

Bloomsbury. (Bad Mermaids). Jun. 2019. 272p. Tr $13.99. ISBN 9781681199795.
Gr 4-6–After saving their home, The Hidden Lagoon, from “The Swan,” Beattie, Mimi, and Zelda find themselves whisked away by a magical boat to the legendary Crocodile Kingdom. Once there, the trio meet a water witch who claims Beattie is like her. Meanwhile, Paris Silkensocks, a gadget queen and ice cream seller, discovers her mother’s plot to destroy the entire mermaid world. Using a finicky magical necklace she received for saving another mermaid, Paris heads to the Crocodile Kingdom to try to stop her mom. Will the trio and Paris be able to save the mermaid world? Well-developed, humorous characters and an engaging plot will appeal to mermaid fans everywhere. Cockcroft’s detailed illustrations bring the text to life.
VERDICT Lovers of fantasy, adventure, and mermaids will enjoy this lively read

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