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Hannah is not like other girls in the turn-of-the-century Boston orphanage where she grew up. Instead of seasickness, she gets land sickness. She leaves a ring of salt in the tub when she bathes, and sometimes she sees a faint tracing of scales on her feet. It's freakish, horrifying . . . and deeply ...
Hannah is not like other girls in the turn-of-the-century Boston orphanage where she grew up. Instead of seasickness, she gets land sickness. She leaves a ring of salt in the tub when she bathes, and sometimes she sees a faint tracing of scales on her feet. It's freakish, horrifying . . . and deeply thrilling.
Hannah feels a change coming. But she is not the only one who senses it. A young painter recognizes something in Hannah--a connection with the sea that recalls a secret from his own past. A choice lies ahead, and Hannah must discover if she is a creature of the land--or of the sea.
Stricken by a mysterious malady when she is sent westward on an orphan train, 15-year-old Hannah instinctively knows that she can be cured by proximity to the ocean. She returns to Boston and takes a position as a scullery maid in a wealthy household, where a young artist comes to paint a portrait of her employers\u2019 three daughters. A mysterious, rather romantic figure, he seems to see into Hannah\u2019s soul. Slowly, she becomes aware that she is transforming into a daughter of the sea. The first book in a series about sisters separated at birth, this novel has menacing, almost gothic overtones as well as a strong sense of time, place, and class distinctions. Elements within the painting, which sounds similar to John Singer Sargent\u2019s Daughters of Edward Darley Boit, become pivotal points in the setting and the story. Nicely designed, this compelling novel has an attractive jacket illustration showing a rather modern-looking Hannah in her element, the sea.
— Carolyn Phelan, Booklist
Posted July 9, 2010
I just read this book a month ago and im already wanting to read it again! the book it excellent and it has many catchs : fantasy, suspence, easy to read, some what historical (it takes place in late 1800s boston and maine). This book is a must read summer book. The story is of mainly 15 year old hannah finding out about herself in a imortant upperclass family. from the orphan train to a lower servent dodging the family's oldest daughter and befriending the youngest sister. The only bad thing about the book is it ended to fast and the second bokk hasnt come out yet!
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Hannah is different from the other orphans. She feels an inexplicable pull towards the sea. She can't explain it and discusses it with no one.
Because Hannah is deemed unfit for service, she is turned out of the Boston Home for Little Wanderers. She is sent west on the orphan train. Hannah becomes deathly ill the further away she gets from the ocean. Thankfully, Hannah is sent back to Boston, and finds placement with a prominent family.
The Hawleys are extremely wealthy and live in a grand house. Hannah works tirelessly as the Hawleys scullery maid. She feels more alive living this close to the ocean, but does not understand the fascination she has with it.
Hannah begins to notice fish scales on her feet and legs, and she leaves a ring of salt behind every time she bathes. A mysterious painter seems to know her secret, but Hannah is still in the dark. Will she discover the truth, and if she does, will it be too late?
HANNAH is the first novel in the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy. The novels follow the lives of three sisters who are separated at birth. Their identities are shrouded in mystery, and they all must struggle to unearth their true parentage.
This novel, like all of Lasky's, is very easy to read. The story moves quickly, and the characters are colorful and diverse. Hopefully, Lasky will not make us wait too long to discover what happens to Hannah and her sisters!
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Hannah by Kathryn Lasky is an excellent book.I really liked it a lot because the story was very suspenseful and the charachters were good!Even though the story went off track at some places and some parts were a bit irrevelant and not important to the book,it was still really amazing and i would recommnend this book to a friend!I read it in a day.
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Posted August 16, 2012
This book was alright. It was written very well and was a page turner.
However not one of my favorites. I do want to read the rest of the
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Very good book. But even though this book is in the teen section at my library it doesnt belong there. This book is about mermaids who washed up on shores of different states who end up being sisters. This book has some kissing but it is not thhe main part of the book. Its about some girl trying to find our who she is. It can be confusing sometimes but in the eend this book is pretty good but I have read better. My friends were begging to read the series and putting he books on hold so I think these books are geared toward middle schoolers. Iif you are looking for a fun book this is a good one. If you are looking for aa book that will make your gears turn this is definately not your book. This book is pretty good but not that good if you have higher standards than most people. Like me. If your looking to read this book rent it from your library or read the sample that nook gives. You decide if you like this book or not. Its your choice not mine. This book may have surprises but not big ones like I have read in books before. Mermaids seem a bit young to me amd im eleven. This was a teen book. If you like this book rate this book and tell me why you did. Maybe you will change my mind.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
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I am really thinking about reading this. My name is Hannah. I just searched my name, and I found this book. You should try searching your name, too. You might find something cool.