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Dream of the Blue Turtle (Mermaid Tales Series #7)

Dream of the Blue Turtle (Mermaid Tales Series #7)

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by Debbie Dadey, Tatevik Avakyan (Illustrator)

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Kiki Coral can see the future—can she save a friend from his dangerous fate?

Kiki Coral has an amazing gift: she can see the future. She doesn’t have visions very often, but they are always surprising! When Kiki sees a vision of her classmate Rocky Ridge coming face-to-frightening-face with a gigantic leatherback turtle, she is frightened to the tip


Kiki Coral can see the future—can she save a friend from his dangerous fate?

Kiki Coral has an amazing gift: she can see the future. She doesn’t have visions very often, but they are always surprising! When Kiki sees a vision of her classmate Rocky Ridge coming face-to-frightening-face with a gigantic leatherback turtle, she is frightened to the tip of her shiny purple tail. Can Kiki save Rocky from his dangerous fate? What if no one in Trident Academy believes her scary prediction?

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Children's Literature - Joyce Rice
Kiki is a third-grade student in Mrs. Karp’s class, at Trident Academy. At this school, mergirl and merboy students attend class underwater. Kiki, Shelly and Echo are best friends; Rocky is the only boy in the class. The only other student is Pearl, who is generally not liked by the other students because she acts as if she is superior to all of them. Kiki has a special gift that she has not told anyone; not even her family knows about it. Kiki can see events before they happen. Most often, her foresight shows her good things, but she has also had visions of scary things. Kiki has seventeen brothers, and she is the only one in her family who sees the visions. When Mrs. Karp tells the class they will be having a special visitor, Kiki’s vision shows a serious mishap involving Rocky. She seeks help from another teacher, Madame Hippocampus, but the teacher is absent. Fearful that she is running out of time to prevent the accident, Kiki shares her secret with her friends. Together, they must find a solution to the danger while protecting Kiki’s secret. The story is a simple tale of friendship that includes touches of teamwork, family relationships, and respect for teachers. The author has included a “Cast of Characters” and a map of Trident City for reference. This is book seven in the “Mermaid Tales” series. An eighth title, Treasure in Trident City, is already in the works. Reviewer: Joyce Rice; Ages 6 to 9.

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Publication date:
Mermaid Tales Series , #7
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Dream of the Blue Turtle

Leatherback Turtles

MRS. KARP, ARE YOU sure that is safe?” Pearl Swamp asked her third-grade teacher. Kiki Coral and the rest of the class waited for the reply.

“Of course,” Mrs. Karp said, raising one green eyebrow as she responded to Pearl. “I wouldn’t have asked a leatherback turtle to visit our school on Thursday if there was any danger.”

“But aren’t they awfully big?” Kiki asked. Her friends Shelly Siren and Echo Reef glanced at her. Kiki was one of the smallest mergirls at Trident Academy. She had been scared of whales because of their huge size.

Mrs. Karp nodded. “Yes, Kiki. Leatherbacks can weigh up to two thousand pounds and be seven feet long.”

“And it’s coming into our classroom?” Pearl said with her green eyes wide. “What if it sits on one of us?”

“We’d have smashed Pearl jam!” Rocky Ridge teased.

Several merstudents squealed until Mrs. Karp reassured them. “Marvin will not be in the classroom. We will meet him in the front hallway of the school, where there is plenty of room. Before we meet, I want you to prepare one or two questions to ask him.”

“Marvin?” Rocky yelled. “What kind of turtle is named Marvin?”

“A very big one,” Kiki said softly. Kiki knew leatherbacks weren’t as large as whales, but something made her feel uncomfortable. She didn’t know why.

“Marvin is a lovely name,” Mrs. Karp told them. “Just as nice as Rockwell.”

“Rockwell?” Pearl giggled. “Who is named Rockwell?”

“Nobody,” Rocky said, but his cheeks were bright red.

Mrs. Karp continued. “Leatherbacks are the largest turtles in the ocean, class. They breathe air, so they can’t stay underwater too long. They feed mostly on jellyfish.”

“How do they get so big by eating just jellyfish, Mrs. Karp?” Shelly asked. “Jellyfish are made up of almost all water.”

“It’s a bit of a mystery,” Mrs. Karp agreed.

“Maybe the mystery is that they eat mergirls, too,” Rocky said with a laugh. This caused Pearl and several other mergirls to shriek in fear. Shelly just rolled her eyes at Rocky. He was always telling bad jokes.

“That will be enough out of you, Rocky Ridge,” Mrs. Karp said with a slap of her white tail on her marble desk.

Mrs. Karp went on to tell the merclass that leatherback turtles were endangered. “Floating plastic bags look very much like jellyfish. Sadly, the turtles don’t realize their mistake until they’ve eaten the trash. If they eat too many bags, they can die.”

Most of the third graders listened to every word, but Kiki barely heard her teacher. Her eyes grew cloudy and her ears stopped up. She knew what was happening. She was having one of her visions.

Kiki covered her face with her hands. In her mind she saw a frightening sight: Rocky Ridge, an enormous leatherback, and swirling water! Suddenly she shouted, “Mrs. Karp! I have to go see Madame Hippocampus! Now!”

The whole classroom stared at Kiki. “What is the meaning of this outburst?” Mrs. Karp asked.

Kiki twisted her hands together. She looked down at her purple tail. “I’m sorry. It’s just that I need to see Madame right away.” After what she had seen, Kiki desperately needed the advice of their merology teacher.

Mrs. Karp shook her head. “That is impossible. She is ill today.”

Kiki gulped. What was she going to do? This couldn’t wait. Not one more merminute.

Meet the Author

Debbie Dadey is an award-winning children’s book author who has written more than 150 books. She is best known for her series The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, written with Marcia Thornton Jones. Debbie lives with her husband, three children, and three dogs in Sevierville, Tennessee.

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Dream of the Blue Turtle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Kiki can see into the future, but is that a good thing? She sees a classmate in trouble and tries to stop it but what she does actually causes the problem! Debbie Dadey has a great kid-friendly writing style that really gets the reader into the story. Her mermaid world is fun and the characters are believable and you want to know more about them. Her books also have a great message to them. This one warns of the dangers of leaving plastic bags in the ocean because they look like jelly fish to sea turtles. These books are geared towards girls but there are merboy characters in the books that boys will like too. I recommend this book and series to independent readers or kids looking for a fun read!
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He chuckles." Okay, listen. What do you hear?"