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Friday’s With Guest Blogger Mayra Calvani

Posted on: October 22, 2010

              The Mermaid’s Mirror
              by L.K. Madigan
              Released: October 4, 2010
              Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Books for
              Children (320 pages)
              Fifteen-year old Lena loves the sea. More than
              anything, she wants to learn to surf, but her
              dad, who hasn’t gone into the water for many
              years, prohibits it. Lena doesn’t know exactly
              why, except for the fact that he had a
              mysterious accident and almost drowned when
              she was a little girl. As Lena’s sixteenth
              birthday approaches, she decides to learn to
              surf behind her father’s back, and takes lessons
              from a friend. Soon, everybody is astounded by
              Lena’s skill and grace in the water. Her
              dexterity on the board is almost bizarre. This
              makes her consider surfing on Magic Crescent
              Cove, home of the most wild, dangerous waves.

              One day, Lena sees a head popping out of the
              water. At first, she thinks it’s a seal, but soon
              Lena realizes that what she has seen isn’t
              human. Around the same time, Lena begins to
              feel an urge to find something, to search for
              something, though she doesn’t know for what.
              Then, on her birthday, she decides to surf on
              Magic Crescent Cove. Needless to say, she
              almost drowns, but something  or
              something  brings her to the surface and
              puts a key in her hand.

              What does the key open? Do mermaids exist or
              is Lena losing her mind? Why won’t her father
              and stepmother tell her what is going on? Lena
              knows they’re hiding something from her.

              The Mermaid’s Mirror is a marvelous novel that
              combines mystery, fantasy and a touch of
              romance. It is also an adventure and, in a way,
              a coming-of-age story about a young teenager
              who belongs to two worlds and must
              ultimately choose between both.

              It is refreshing to read books where teenagers
              don’t sulk or curse and children and parents
              love each other and treat one another with
              respect. The dynamics between Lena and her
              family are a delight to behold, and the author
              did a wonderful job in creating an imaginative
              yet utterly believable underwater fantasy
              world. The description of the mer-people and
              their way of life will transport the reader out of

              The Mermaid’s Mirror is at times a bit slow in the
              beginning, but later quickly picks up pace and
              the second half of the book is quite suspenseful.
              Lena is a lovely protagonist, just like the girl
              next door, yet possessing a very special secret.
              This young adult novel is highly recommended
              for young readers and adults alike.

          –Award-winning author Mayra Calvani writes
              fiction and nonfiction for children and adults. In
              addition, she writes book reviews for The New York
              Journal of Books, Blogcritics Magazine’s “Kiddie
              Corner,” and She’s had over 300
              reviews, interviews, stories, and articles published in
              print and online. Mayra is a member of the Society
              of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
              (SCBWI) and the Children’s Writer’s Coaching
              Club. Visit her website at


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