To Catch a Mermaid

By: Suzanne Selfors

Illustrator: Catia Chien

After a tornado carries off twelve-year-old Boom Broom's mother, his father refuses to leave the house, and his little sister, Mertyle, constantly misses school, claiming she's sick. Due to the family's dwindling funds, Boom scrounges dinner from a fisherman's reject seafood bucket one night. But Mertyle doesn't think what Boom brings home is a fish. "'The tail is made of scales while the upper half is covered in skin. . . . It's a baby mermaid.'" Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780316018166

JLG Release: Dec 2007


Sensitive Areas: Some mild body humor,
Topics: Illness , Fear , Tornados , Competition , Losing a parent , Friends , Kicking , Accidents , Getting caught , School principals , Punishment , Wagering , Fish , Mermaids , Pets , Screams , Food , Vikings , Money , Pet shops , Mean neighbors , Wishes , Fungus , Medicine , Doctors , Parties , Rude guests , Dolls , Thieves , Secrets , Curses , Maps , Boats , Discovery , The press , Fathers , Wind , Rescues , Songs , Arrests

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Boom Broom is coping with the loss of his mother (who disappeared in a tornado) and its effects on his father and sister, who refuse to leave the house. Everything changes, though, after he finds a merbaby and decides to care for it. The quirky premise is hampered by some uneven pacing. Humorous but muddy black-and-white illustrations open each cha Boom Broom is coping with the loss of his mother (who disappeared in a tornado) and its effects on his father and sister, who refuse to leave the house. Everything changes, though, after he finds a merbaby and decides to care for it. The quirky premise is hampered by some uneven pacing. Humorous but muddy black-and-white illustrations open each chapter.

Book Details

ISBN

9780316018166

First Release

December 2007

Genre

Fantasy.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/4" x 7 5/8"

Page Count

256

Accelerated Reader

Level 5; Points: 8;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.5; Points: 13;

Lexile

Level 770L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Little, Brown

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Some mild body humor,

Topics

Illness, Fear, Tornados, Competition, Losing a parent, Friends, Kicking, Accidents, Getting caught, School principals, Punishment, Wagering, Fish, Mermaids, Pets, Screams, Food, Vikings, Money, Pet shops, Mean neighbors, Wishes, Fungus, Medicine, Doctors, Parties, Rude guests, Dolls, Thieves, Secrets, Curses, Maps, Boats, Discovery, The press, Fathers, Wind, Rescues, Songs, Arrests,

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