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Children's LiteratureFor 16-year-old Amy, the opportunity to escape the endless family fighting by spending the summer in a New Jersey beach resort town seems ideal. And, although she was warned to avoid that end of town, she is drawn to the Mermaid Park. A strong swimmer, she dreams of being one of the mermaids who effortlessly glides through the water in the aquarium. Her dreams also include a perfect non-clingy boyfriend. Surprisingly, her mother and stepfather agree to her spending the summer in Wildwood, and she lands a job cleaning in the park. Hard work and some lucky breaks get her into the show, and her growing self-confidence attracts a different kind of boy. Also some strong words from a new friend and her mother's godmother help her see how she had contributed to her own problems, and how she might be different. The strength of this coming-of-age story is the clear depiction of how hard it is to actually make dreams come true. Blisters, endless practice, and determination in the face of fear are necessary to her success as a mermaid. Amy's growing ability to look beyond herself leads to surprising insights into her family, too. Complete with a promising romance, this is pleasing, undemanding summer reading for high-school girls. 2005, Razorbill/The Penguin Group, Ages 13 to 18.