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Children's LiteratureThis book is written in the currently popular style of first person journal entries. Mary Margaret tells the reader she is a fourth grader obsessed with mermaids who is going on a cruise to Greece with her grandmother. Mary Margaret accompanies her grandma because her grandpa has recently died, and someone must use his ticket so Grandma will not have to travel alone. Later, the reader is told the purpose of the trip: to scatter grandpa's ashes at sea. This plotline seems pretty heavy in contrast with the subplot of mermaid mania and Mary Margaret's simple language. Her journal entries are quite childlike in tone, yet Mary Margaret is able to be a steady support to her grandma, even putting her own feelings aside so as not to upset her grandmother. The contrast of these light and heavy plotlines is occasionally distracting rather than complementary. However, some strengths of the book are Mary Margaret's own "Seven Wonders of the World" lists, where she writes out the things she wonders about; her latitude and longitude report at the end of the journal, a good teaching point; and a related website where other mermaid fans can participate in activities. 2004, Bloomsbury Publishing, Ages 7 to 10.