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Macmillan Children's Book

Maybe a Mermaid

Author: Josephine Cameron

Maybe a Mermaid

Maybe a Mermaid


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This pitch-perfect middle-grade debut is for fans of Barbara O'Connor, Natalie Lloyd, and Cynthia Lord!
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Unleash the Magic of Summer With Maybe a Mermaid

Dive into an extraordinary summer adventure with our eleven-year-old protagonist, Anthoni Gillis. Not one to give into fantasies of fairies and unicorns, Anthoni is a comic-book girl through and through.

So when her mom brings her to Thunder Lake for a summer at the Showboat Resort, she doesn’t believe the local rumors about the Boulay Mermaid.

Anthoni has bigger fish to fry. She’s always wanted a True Blue Friend. But it’s been hard to find one, since for the past five years she’s been bouncing from town to town, helping her mother sell Beauty & the Bee cosmetic products to keep them both afloat. This summer will be different, though. Anthoni has a plan—a foolproof checklist for making lifelong friends! There won’t be any maybes this time.

Armed with a foolproof checklist, she is determined that this summer won't be filled with maybes. Yet, as she finds her mother's truths stretching thin and her own resolve tested, she's faced with a crucial decision: stick diligently to her plan or immerse herself in an ocean of possibilities.

Maybe a Mermaid is a vibrant, captivating debut from Josephine Cameron that raises timeless questions about truth, lies, and the hope that grows between them.

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"This impressive debut ultimately settles in realism with a refreshingly mischievous wink. An offbeat, earnest novel for those who believe in magic, and those who wish they did." —Booklist

"[A] debut novel that captures both the hopes and disillusionments of growing up . . . readers dive not only into Anthoni's maturation, but into her resiliency." —Kirkus Reviews

"Anthoni is an engaging heroine whose fears, desires, curiosity, and agency offer much for young readers to relate to, even when, or perhaps especially when, those qualities lead to social mistakes." —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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