Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of

Midnight Pearls: A Retelling of "The Little Mermaid" (Once upon a Time Series)

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by Debbie Viguié
     
 

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"ONCE UPON A TIME"
IS TIMELESS

In a quiet fishing village seventeen years ago, one lone fisherman rescued a child from the sea. He and his wife raised the girl, Pearl, as their own daughter, never allowing themselves to wonder long about where she came from — or notice her silver hair, usually pale skin, and wide, dark blue eyes.

Pearl grows

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"ONCE UPON A TIME"
IS TIMELESS

In a quiet fishing village seventeen years ago, one lone fisherman rescued a child from the sea. He and his wife raised the girl, Pearl, as their own daughter, never allowing themselves to wonder long about where she came from — or notice her silver hair, usually pale skin, and wide, dark blue eyes.

Pearl grows from a mysterious child into an unusual young woman, not always welcomed in the village. As all the other girls her age find husbands, she has only one friend to ease her loneliness. One very special, secret companion: Prince James.

But their friendship is shaken when trouble erupts in the kingdom — a conspiracy against the royal family combines with an evil enchantment from beneath the sea. Now, just when Pearl and James need each other most, bewitching magic and hints about Pearl's past threaten to tear them apart...forever.

Editorial Reviews

KLIATT - Stephanie Squicciarini
Part of a series that retells fairy tales, this entry offers a new look at Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid." Viguie relates the story of a fisherman caught in a sudden and severe storm who finds a young child in the turbulent ocean. Believing he was meant not only to save the child but also to be saved by her, he and his wife, who cannot have children of their own, adopt the girl and name her Pearl for the single pearl with which she was found. After this introduction, the story jumps to Pearl as a young woman struggling with her obvious physical differences and her extreme fear of, but fascination with, water. Over the years she becomes a close, secret friend of Prince James. This friendship develops into something more when each begins to have feelings neither can explain. Each chapter opens with a quick look at Pearl's wedding, and readers are treated to a story of love, betrayal, murder, and destiny as they are kept wondering if this wedding will ever take place. While some of the plot unfolds predictably, there is enough suspense and drama to keep even the most reluctant readers turning the pages, and the ending will leave readers satisfied that each character ultimately lives happily ever after.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689855573
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
05/20/2003
Series:
Once upon a Time Series
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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