Hannah (Daughters of the Sea Series #1)

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Bestselling author Kathryn Lasky plunges into the world of teen romance with a magical series about the newest supernatural phenomenon--mermaids!

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 ...

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Overview


Bestselling author Kathryn Lasky plunges into the world of teen romance with a magical series about the newest supernatural phenomenon--mermaids!

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michele C. Hughes
In the first of the "Daughters of the Sea" series, orphan Hannah Albury leaves the "Boston Home for Little Wanderers" on an orphan train to find a home in the middle of America. At her adopted home, Hannah falls ill, inexplicably shedding salt crystals and growing weaker each day. She instinctively knows she needs to be near the sea, so they send her back to Boston where she becomes a scullery maid for the Hawleys, a wealthy family of high reputation. There, the reader steps into a vividly depicted world of 1899 Boston, where the wealthy class and the servant class do not mix. Yet Hannah finds herself drawn to an up-and-coming painter who takes an interest in her and seems to know more about her than she knows about herself. Suspense grows as Hannah's lower legs become scaly, and she must keep this development secret, along with her spontaneous harp-playing skills and swimming ability. Sixteen year-old Lila Hawley hates Hannah, and Mistress Lila's emotional instability leads to a frightening attempt on Hannah's life. Readers root for Hannah at first to find her place in the world and then, by the end, to discover all she can be. It is no mystery she is becoming a mermaid; nonetheless, her transformation is fascinating to read, in part because of excellent pacing of the plot. In the last chapter, Hannah discovers there are others like her, which thrills her, but she must then decide which form she will choose to inhabit forever. The pull of the sea competes with filial love for her young mistress, Ettie, and romantic love for the painter. An intriguing read on its own, this book points toward a delightful series. Reviewer: Michele C. Hughes
VOYA - Hilary S. Crew
When fifteen-year-old Hannah is considered unsuitable for employment in Boston, she is sent to Kansas on an orphan train. But the farther she travels from the sea, the more ill she becomes. She sheds sphere-like crystals and begins to itch so much beneath her "combos" that she sheds these, too. The minister and his wife who take her into their home are "stunned" at Hannah's strange appearance and send her back to Boston where she is placed as a scullery maid in the household of the Hawleys, a "refined" Boston family. Hannah is fascinated by the Hawley's Japanese vases that feature a mermaid's tail rising from the sea. She is also drawn to the acclaimed young portrait painter who is commissioned to paint the three Hawley daughters. When the family moves to its vacation home by the sea in Maine right, Hannah finally finds out where she truly belongs. Lasky brings together an orphan story, the "upstairs downstairs" of a Victorian household, and a mermaid tale into an intriguing combination. There are lovely character descriptions of the serving "family" and of members of the Hawley family. The insane elder daughter and her menacing cat add a gothic element; the attraction between Hannah and the artist, who has renounced his Mer heritage, adds a taste of romance. Passages evoke the music of the harp that resonates with the "liquid, floating world where [Hannah] fits." Readers who enjoy Helen Dunmore's "Ingo" series may also enjoy this pleasurable mermaid story. Reviewer: Hilary S. Crew
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—In this first book in a projected series, orphan Hannah, 15, tries to find success as a scullery maid in an upscale Boston household at the end of the 19th century. In addition to having to learn new rules and skills, she must contend with the family's three daughters, including demanding Lila and her sinister cat. Hannah knows that she is different—she leaves salt in the bathtub, becomes physically ill when away from the sea, and seems to be shedding odd crystals. When a famous painter arrives to do a portrait of the three sisters, he immediately senses Hannah's secrets but will not give her answers. Because Lasky stretches the mystery of Hannah's nature throughout the book, her decision regarding where she belongs becomes rushed and anticlimactic. The heart of the story lies in the day-to-day activities of the Hawley household, especially the lengths the family and staff go to to appease Lila, and the destruction she causes whenever she does not get her way. The resolution of this story will appear weak to some readers, but many will identify with independent and winsome Hannah as she tries to find her place in the world.—Jennifer Rothschild, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Oxon Hill, MD
Kirkus Reviews
Orphan Hannah Albury, 15, the engagingly demure yet plucky heroine, has always been drawn to the ocean. Hired as scullery maid by the Hawleys, a wealthy Boston family, she embarks on a journey to understand and fulfill her destiny. Hannah is attracted to the family's mysterious porcelain vases depicting sea creatures and even more so to Mr. Wheeler, an artist hired to paint the three Hawley daughters. He in turn hungers for and recognizes in Hannah what she doesn't yet grasp. Meanwhile, the Hawleys' psychotic eldest daughter, Lila, and her demonic cat, Jade, see Hannah as a threat; as she deciphers the secret of her identity, Hannah must ward off their perhaps supernatural attacks. The novel, first in a projected series, at first offers its early-20th-century history lesson in overly painstaking detail, especially the domestic staff hierarchy. Once Lila, Jade and Mr. Wheeler show up, the plot becomes gripping. A good bet for upper middle-grade and early YA readers. (Fantasy. 12 & up)
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Orphan Hannah Albury, 15, the engagingly demure yet plucky heroine, has always been drawn to the ocean. Hired as scullery maid by the Hawleys, a wealthy Boston family, she embarks on a journey to understand and fulfill her destiny. Hannah is attracted to the family's mysterious porcelain vases depicting sea creatures and even more so to Mr. Wheeler, an artist hired to paint the three Hawley daughters. He in turn hungers for and recognizes in Hannah what she doesn't yet grasp. Meanwhile, the Hawleys' psychotic eldest daughter, Lila, and her demonic cat, Jade, see Hannah as a threat; as she deciphers the secret of her identity, Hannah must ward off their perhaps supernatural attacks. The novel, first in a projected series, at first offers its early-20th-century history lesson in overly painstaking detail, especially the domestic staff hierarchy. Once Lila, Jade and Mr. Wheeler show up, the plot becomes gripping. A good bet for upper middle-grade and early YA readers. (Fantasy. 12 & up)

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' three daughters. A mysterious, rather romantic figure, he seems to see into Hannah's 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's 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545238038
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Series: Daughters Of The Sea Series , #1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 193,196
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathryn Lasky is the Newbery Honor-winning author of over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her beloved Guardians of Ga’Hoole fantasy series has sold more than 4 million copies, and she is the author of the Daughters of the Sea series, the Wolves of the Beyond series, as well as A TIME FOR COURAGE and other Dear America titles. Kathryn has also written a number of critically acclaimed nonfiction titles, such as BEYOND THE BURNING TIME and TRUE NORTH. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, MA.
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  • Posted July 9, 2010

    Catch of the Day

    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!
    *****5 Stars!!!!!!!!

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

    Loved It <3

    I saw this book in Barnes and Noble and decided to buy it. I read it in 2 days. I loved it, it was so good (:

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 14, 2011

    Best fairyish tail ever

    I have never read a better fairyish tail ever i cant wait for book 2 and 3

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Awesome book

    This book is awesome. All girls should read this series.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 19, 2009

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    Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.com

    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!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Really great read!

    If you like books about mystery amd mermaids, this book is for you! It starts and ends nicely, and flows smoothly.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2011

    awsome!!!!

    I love this book

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2012

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    I havent read the book yet but from all of the reviews i can people people have liked it a lot

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2011

    Great Story!!!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    WOW

    I checked out this book from my school library i love PERCY JACKSON and it is Better than that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!! AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    This book was alright. It was written very well and was a page t

    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
    series though.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2011

    I love owls!!!!!

    BEST BOOK EVER i have read it 1000 times!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2011

    amazing

    this is the best book ever buy it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    Mer

    I think it's really good

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    Posted August 5, 2013

    To ali

    How about 2 res down?

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    I need sex plz

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    Posted August 3, 2013

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    Walks in do u do lez s3x too?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013

    My favorite book ever!!!! Hannah Ainsworth

    I first read this book when i was 10, but it has stuck to me through 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. I will be going to high school this year.

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