Top 5 Sat: MG Mermaid Madness

Hey all,

It’s the weekend! I woke up bright and early this morning. I’m out on the water today and couldn’t be more excited! It seems fitting with today’s topic of Books About Mermaids. This meme was created by the lovely and supportive Mandy over at Devouring Books.

While I hate books about adult mermaids (yes I really, really dislike them), reading about them in MG fiction has me excited! It reminds me of the days I spent avidly watching H20 Just Add Water on Disney. There’s just something about the childlike wonder in concern to mermaids that these books remind me of.

Here they are:

1. Ingo by Helen Dunmore follows the story of young Sapphire and her call to the ocean. This is a classic human-to-mermaid theme that I’d love to read.

2. The Girl Who Thought her Mother was a Mermaid by Tania Unsworth is a story that seems the antithesis to the classic human-to-mermaid theme. Young Stella is terrified of the ocean but seeks it out in a hope to find her ‘lost’ mother.

3. Rise of the Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste is the second instalment in The Jumbies series and I adored the first. From the Caribbean, Corrine goes deep back in to the ocean in search of missing children, embracing her status as a half-Jumbie.

4. The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson because I’m interested in reading the original story behind the Disney take on The Little Mermaid. Little Sebastian was my fav sassy character as a kid!

5. The Mermaid, The Witch and The Sea by Maggie Tokuda – Hall THIS BOOK IS MY MOST ANTICIPATED. Filled with a rebellious daughter pretending to be a man to gain respect and a desperate orphan turned pirate, this story follows their connection amidst a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic!

Jen

21 thoughts on “Top 5 Sat: MG Mermaid Madness

  1. oooooh !!! I LOVE this list, will definitely have to add these to my tbr!! hehe I have always loved mermaids!! Fantastic list so many book rec’s- I’d love to read the original The Little Mermaid too! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  2. Omg how could I forget The Mermaid, The Witch and The Sea!? I’m SO EXCITED to read that book and I can’t wait to finally get on it 😍 I have to admit that all of these colourful covers makes me want to read all of these books too! Lol

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    • I knowww, they’re all so eye catching! I hadn’t read many MG mermaid books but this week’s topic really made me broaden my search and added to my TBR πŸ˜€ The Mermaid, The Witch and The Sea looks amazing!

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  3. AHHH I ran across The Mermaid the Witch and the Sea when I was looking for books for this week’s topic and OMG that book looks incredible! I love that you picked middlegrade titles and I’m glad to see more than one person mention Ingo– I need to add it to my TBR NOW!!

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    • Thanks Mandy! The cover for The Mermaid, The Witch and The Sea looks amazing ❀ I love how searching for books in a new topic can expand your TBR πŸ˜€ Ingo looks great too! I've read some positive reviews on it so far and am eager to give it a try

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  4. I remember for a while it felt like there were a ton of mermaid books coming out, like they were trying to be the next wave after the zombie trend died down (wow, so many unintentional puns there) but it never fully caught on. I think the only one I can think of that I’ve read off the top of my head though is The Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney and they’re more like different sea peoples than strictly mermaids though. Great list!

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  5. OMG You’re like the first person that I’ve found who’s read Ingo other than me! I LOVE the series! I keep re-reading it because there’s not much to do when stuck in quarantine, haha.

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    • I’m glad to find a fellow Ingo fan! πŸ˜€ I’ve been re-reading so many of my fav books this quarantine as well. It’s the best way to pass the time. Thankfully there’s never a shortage of good books in my house ❀ Jen

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