Mermaids in the Backyard [NOOK Book]

Overview

   Lindy doesn't want to move to the bug house. That's what she calls her family's new beachfront house on stilts. She misses her best friend and her life back in Chicago. But her feelings change during a storm when Lindy hears a cry for help
 . . . from a mermaid! Are there really mermaids in Lindy's backyard? And if so, what can one clumsy girl do to help them?

   Fans of Hamster Magic and The Very Little Princess books will love this heartfelt and accessible Stepping Stones ...
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Overview

   Lindy doesn't want to move to the bug house. That's what she calls her family's new beachfront house on stilts. She misses her best friend and her life back in Chicago. But her feelings change during a storm when Lindy hears a cry for help
 . . . from a mermaid! Are there really mermaids in Lindy's backyard? And if so, what can one clumsy girl do to help them?

   Fans of Hamster Magic and The Very Little Princess books will love this heartfelt and accessible Stepping Stones fantasy.
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Kirkus Reviews
A girl forges friendships with the mermaids in the ocean behind her house. Lindy Michaels misses her best friend, her bedroom and everything else she left behind in Chicago when her parents moved their family to a South Carolina coastal island. Lindy's no fan of the ocean or of her new neighbor, a stereotypically "[l]oud, messy, and annoying" boy named Matthew. Lindy isn't willing to give Little Hermit's Island a chance until a storm strands mermaid Sealily and her pet sea horse Finneus in a tide pool. Quick-thinking Lindy saves Sealily and Finneus and strikes up a friendship with them. When the weather clears, they entreat Lindy to come swim, offering up sea sponges that will enable her to breathe underwater, but frightened Lindy declines. Later, Matthew captures Finneus, and, knowing Sealily and her family must be distraught, Lindy trades away her most valued possession for the creature. While returning Finneus to the ocean, Lindy is pulled out to sea by a riptide. The grateful mermaids come to her aid in turn. They help her to the shore and break her of her fear of the water in a rather cheesy lesson that emphasizes giving things a chance. The illustrations rely on hair color and fins to help readers tell characters apart, but facial expressions are great and settings inviting. A middling chapter book for mermaid lovers who don't want big conflicts. (Fantasy. 6-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307976383
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Series: A Stepping Stone Book(TM)
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 272,691
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

CATHERINE HAPKA has written more than 150 books for children and young adults, including two books in the Horse Diaries series. She is also the coauthor of the Step into Reading books How Not to Babysit Your Brother and How Not to Start Third Grade. She lives on a small farm in Chester County, Pennsylvania, which she shares with a horse, three goats, a small flock of chickens, and too many cats.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2014

    &heart & heart

    &heart

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2014

    Mermaids

    Love the story but wish it was longer and its a little bit of a cliffhanger

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2013

    Gggggb

    Is this a chapter book?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2013

    Boring

    I hate IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EllaMarie here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2013

    Name:Eliannae

    Just right!
    •good expressing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Looking

    It looks good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Mermaids in the backyard of Lindy's new house

    PERFECT!!! I just love it

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