Book Review: Keeper by Kathi Appelt
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First sentence: "Keeper leaned over the edge of the boat."
From the back: "Blue moon, magic moon... good for wishing.
To ten-year-old Keeper this moon is her chance to fix all that has gone wrong... and so much has gone wrong.
But she knows who can make things right again: Meggie Marie, her mermaid mother who swam away when Keeper was just three. A blue moon calls the mermaids to gather at the sandbar, and that's exactly where Keeper is headed -- in a small boat, in the middle of the night, with only her dog, BD (Best Dog), and a seagull named Captain. When the riptide pulls at the boat, tugging her away from the shore and deep into the rough waters of the Gulf of Mexico, panic sets in, and the fairy tales that lured her out there go tumbling into the waves. Maybe the blue moon isn't magic and maybe the sandbar won't sparkle with mermaids or maybe -- Oh, no... "Maybe" is just too difficult to hear."
My take: Delightful, touching, imaginary reading. This book is a middle-grade fiction, suitable for ages 8-12. Release date is 5/18/2010. I got an ARC through KIDS.Simonandschuster.com. I'm a dog lover and there was a place toward the end of the book that left me a little misty-eyed, but the book has a happy ending and that's the important thing. I enjoyed the book and it was a quick, easy read. It's a magical tail of a young girl named Keeper who believes her mother to be a mermaid who disappeared when Keeper was just a baby. After an extremely bad day filled with unfortunate mishaps, Keeper sets off to wish on the blue moon so that things can be set straight. It's a great cast of characters. I think that it would be a fun book for a teacher to read outloud to her classroom. Entertaining.
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Reading level: Ages 9-12
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Atheneum (May 18, 2010)
My rating: C