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Rylant, Cynthia
New York : DK Ink, 1998
IL 5-8
ISBN 0789424908
Numbed by grief after the death of his parents, a young boy is sent to live with his grandfather  on a remote island in British Columbia.  A loner who spends his time head down searching for shells, one day finds a comb he is sure belongs to a mermaid.  He wants to meet this mermaid, and wills her to appear, all the time knowing that no one will believe him if he shares his experience.  He also receives a key that points the way to his own hidden powers as a healer of animals and, ultimately, a healer of a young girl and himself.  Years later, upon his grandfather's death, questions are raised for Daniel about his need for connections and just why the mermaid entered his life.  This slim volume shines with carefully chosen words and phrases.  It is a rare gem about belief and hope and the importance of families.  (New Hampshire Great Stone Face Committee)
SUBJECTS:     Mermaids -- Fiction
                        Loneliness -- Fiction
                        Islands -- Fiction
                        Grandfathers -- Fiction
                        Orphans -- Fiction


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