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Secrets Beneath the Sea by Janet Gurtler

Title: Secrets Beneath the Sea (Mermaid Kingdom Books 1 to 3)Mermaid Kingdom

Author: Janet Gurtler

Illustrator: Katie Wood

Publisher: Capstone Young Readers

Published: March 2nd, 2015

Rating: 5/5

This book is targeted at pupils aged 7 to 10 years old who are reasonably independent readers, ready for longer books which are divided into chapters.

The summary for the story states: 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 story is divided into sections, each told from a different point of view. It starts with Shyanna, then Rachel and finally Cora. They each have their own worries, strengths and families and written in this manner enables the reader to develop greater understanding of each character.

Teachers, this book would be a great choice when trying to show events from different points of view. There are also many stimuli for discussions about lying, bullying, sticking up for friends, teamwork and how we should celebrate, not ridicule, differences. The beautiful illustrations throughout the book really enhance the story and could also be used as a stimulus for further art and craft work.

Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is available from a variety of sources including

amazon.co.uk    amazon.com     barnes and noble

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