Madigan, L.K. The Mermaid’s Mirror.Boston , MA: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2010.
Holy moly, did I love this book! Besides the gorgeous cover, which I did not see because I read a galley on my Kindle, the story is compelling. Lena is your average teenage girl who wants to learn to surf, but after nearly drowning many years ago her father is adamantly against the idea. Nevertheless, Lena is drawn to the sea. She sleepwalks to the beach at night, and wakes up not knowing how she got there. Once, she is sure she sees a mermaid in Magic Crescent Cove. But mermaids aren’t real, are they?
Lena has her boyfriend’s sister teach her to surf, being careful not to get caught by her parents, and one day she decides to take the surf board to Magic’s by herself. Her first ride is smooth, but she doesn’t fare so well the next time. Something, or someone, saves her life, and she finds that she has been given a key. What lock does the key open, and just what secrets will it unlock? The answers will change Lena’s life forever.
When I finished reading this book, I was very sad to be done with it… until I read the Acknowledgments and saw a note about a potential sequel to come. [Sadly, the author died before the sequel could be written.]
Release Date: October 4, 2010