The Children’s Book Review | August 18, 2016
Mermaid Tales is a diverse and multi-cultural fiction series with a strong STEM emphasis. Readers will enjoy a fun story about third-grade merkids, but will also be delighted to learn about ocean creatures and their habitat.
Written by Debbie Dadey
Illustrated by Tatevik Avakyan
Publisher’s Synopsis: In this sparkling Mermaid Tales adventure, Echo hurts her tail when she falls off of a sea horse—right before the big Tail Flippers competition! Will she still be able to flip her way to a trophy?
Echo loves dancing in the Trident Academy Tail Flippers. When she’s not dancing, she also loves riding sea horses, so when a classmate offers to let her ride their newest horse, Pinky, she doesn’t think twice!
But when a slithery eel darts in front of Pinky, Echo gets knocked off and hits a rock. Her entire body aches—from scales to tail—so she heads to the doctor. Dr. Weedy tells Echo that moving her tail is absolutely out of the question. Not only can Echo not swim, but even worse, she can’t compete in the Poseidon Tail Flippers team competition! And Echo’s their star flipper. Without Echo’s tricks and flips, Trident City’s team doesn’t stand a chance.
Echo’s friends find a pair of human crutches, which help her get around without the use of her tail. But that doesn’t solve the Tail Flipping problem! Will Echo find a way to help her team win from the sidelines?
Ages 6-9 | Publisher: Aladdin | 2016 | ISBN-13: 978-1481440783
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About Debbie Dadey
Debbie Dadey is the author and co-author of 166 traditionally published children’s books, including The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids and The Mermaid Tales series. Debbie’s passion is creating books for reluctant readers. Find out more about books like Werewolves Don’t Run for President, Slime Wars, and Danger in the Deep Blue Sea at www.debbiedadey.com, Facebook.com/debbiedadey, or Twitter.com/debbiedadey.