Teenage Mermaid [NOOK Book]

Overview

Spencer almost drowns in a surfing accident when a sparkling, golden girl saves him with a kiss of life before she suddenly disappears. Where did this dream girl come from, and will she return?

Lilly rescues a boy from nearly drowning and dangerously steps out of her own watery world. Curious to explore this forbidden land, she's gotta find her handsome Earthdude.

A silver heart locket is their only clue.

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Teenage Mermaid

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Overview

Spencer almost drowns in a surfing accident when a sparkling, golden girl saves him with a kiss of life before she suddenly disappears. Where did this dream girl come from, and will she return?

Lilly rescues a boy from nearly drowning and dangerously steps out of her own watery world. Curious to explore this forbidden land, she's gotta find her handsome Earthdude.

A silver heart locket is their only clue.

Ellen Schreiber revamps a classic favorite with a funky magical romance that shows what transpires when boy meets girl, but discovers girl is really a . . .

Fifteen-year-old Spencer falls in love with Lilly, a mermaid who rescues him from drowning and who returns to land to find him.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Life under the sea has become considerably more hip since the days of Hans Christian Andersen's Little Mermaid. In first-novelist Schreiber's updated version, teenage mermaid Waterlilly (Lilly) listens to rock music, wears glittery make-up and frequents the local hangout like most other cold-blooded girls her age. However, unlike the other mermaids, she is not content to date mermen "jocks" from Pacific Reefs High. Instead, she falls for a boy way out of her league, a high school "Earthee" named Spencer, whom she saves from a watery death after a surfboard accident. After the rescue (which ends with a kiss), the story takes familiar turns with Lilly magically sprouting legs and going ashore to seek out the boy of her dreams. When the two reunite, their fondness for each other grows, but Lilly isn't sure if she can give up her fins permanently for the sake of love. As the author alternates between the two lovers' points of view, Lilly, with her adventuresome spirit and rebellious streak, outshines her more mundane Earthdude, and the details of Lilly's ocean life may be the biggest lure to readers. Light on substance but loaded with fun, this revamped romance offers plenty of comical scenes above and below sea level. Ages 9-up. (June) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Fifteen-year-old Spencer almost drowns in a surfing accident. He is saved by Lilly, a teenage mermaid who comes to his rescue. Not believing his memory could be right, Spencer pushes aside the ethereal experience and seeks the earth girl he assumes must have been his savior. He scours the halls of Seaside High, seeking the beautiful girl who haunts him. After returning to her home in the sea, Lilly struggles to rid her mind of the memory of the attractive boy she saved. Despite the physical danger and potential punishment she would face, Lilly drinks a potion, returns to land as a temporary earth girl, and attempts to find Spencer. The two cross paths and spend the day on the boardwalk eating cotton candy and riding the ferris wheel. Although she leaves him at the end of the day, not yet revealing the truth about who she is, she follows her heart and returns once again, promising to give up her life in the sea. Realizing the irrationality of her decision, she tells Spencer the truth, bids him good-bye, and attempts to return home. She has remained out of water for too long, however, and begins to drown. Spencer chooses to save her; he kisses her and, in the process, gives up his own life on land to join her in the sea. Schreiber does a fine job of creating a parallel existence in water and on land. The tough-guy jocks, boring teachers, and desire for love are present in both domains. Although the novel is not intended to be realistic, it captures the universal concerns of young people seeking companionship and understanding. Sometimes silly, but all in good fun. 2003, HarperCollins,
— Wendy Glenn <%ISBN%>0060082046
VOYA
Fifteen-year-old Spencer loves to surf, often arriving for school late because he spent the morning surfing. One particular morning, he wipes out, hits his head on his surfboard, almost drowns, and is rescued by a young mermaid the same age as he. What follows is a familiar fish-out-of-water story. Spencer and mermaid Waterlilly fall in love, Waterlilly temporarily becomes human and jeopardizes her life, and Spencer must make a huge sacrifice to save her. Anyone who has seen the movies The Little Mermaid and Splash can fill in the blanks. Schreiber does not add anything new to the story or provide any plot twists. The characters are one-dimensional, there is little character development, and the story has been told many times before, leaving little reason to read this version. Donna Jo Napoli's Sirena (Scholastic, 1998/VOYA December 1998) is a better alternative for teens interested in a unique story about mermaids. Girls who like mermaids will be attracted to the title and cover of this book and might be satisfied for a quick rainy afternoon read. The book will also appeal to reluctant readers because of its size and plot-driven story; however, libraries with limited budgets can safely pass on this one. VOYA CODES: 2Q 2P J (Better editing or work by the author might have warranted a 3Q; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2003, HarperCollins, 160p,
— Jennifer McIntosh <%ISBN%>0060082046
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Younger teens who are not quite ready for the sophisticated magical realism of Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat and crew or Alice Hoffman's lyrical Aquamarine (Scholastic, 2001) will giggle their way through these alternating chapters by Valley Girl mermaid Lilly and surfer-dude Spencer about their courtship and search for true love. The story all hangs on a magic potion and a silver heart locket, and that famous "kiss of life." Although the plot is completely predictable and the characters are caricatures, Schreiber still manages to render this classic theme into a charming romance that's sure to be popular with reluctant readers. It's easy to booktalk and would also make a good tie-in to Tom Hanks's 1984 movie Splash.-Susan Riley, Mount Kisco Public Library, NY Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061975622
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/6/2009
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 121,202
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 491 KB

Meet the Author

Ellen Schreiber

Ellen Schreiber was an actress and a stand-up comedienne before becoming a writer. She is the author of the first two books about Celeste and Brandon, Once in a Full Moon and Magic of the Moonlight, as well as Teenage Mermaid, Comedy Girl, Vampire Kisses, Vampire Kisses 2: Kissing Coffins, Vampire Kisses 3: Vampireville, Vampire Kisses 4: Dance with a Vampire, Vampire Kisses 5: The Coffin Club, Vampire Kisses 6: Royal Blood, Vampire Kisses 7: Love Bites, Vampire Kisses 8: Cryptic Cravings, and Vampire Kisses 9: Immortal Hearts. She is also the author of the fully illustrated manga series about Raven and Alexander, Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives and Vampire Kisses: Graveyard Games.

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First Chapter

Spencer

I panicked. I totally freaked out! The wave crashed down over me and my surfboard. I went down, down, down. Life-giving oxygen floated out of reach, above the waters that had swallowed me.

I'm going to drown! I'm only fifteen. I haven't gotten my driver's license yet. I haven't surfed the famous Pipeline in Hawaii. I haven't fallen in love -- unless my Sports Illustrated swimsuit poster counts.

I barely had any breath left as I desperately tried to reach the surface. Then it hit me -- not the meaning of life, but my surfboard.

Time stood still. My underwater world was peaceful. I drifted helplessly like an astronaut who suddenly becomes detached from the mother ship. People rescued from the brink of death talk about seeing a white light. Others claim to hover above their body and peacefully watch the crisis as it unfolds. But, instead, I saw her.

Maybe it's 'cause I'm a raging hormonal teenager that I had this particular vision.

Out of nowhere she appeared -- golden yellow and sun-fire orange hair sparkled like tiny stars and flowed in the glistening water. The most wonderful pink-lipped smile flashed before me. Her angelic skin glowed; her piercing ocean-blue eyes stared through me and touched my soul. She floated majestically before me, a silver locket in the shape of a heart dangling from her lovely neck. This had to be a dream, or a sure sign that I had already died and gone to heaven!

I had never seen this dream girl before. She definitely didn't go to Seaside High. Nothing plastic on this girl. No silicone or liposuction marks. Just that sparkling silver heart.

Where did this angel girl come from? Why was she swimming at six o'clock in the freezing morning? Why wasn't she drowning like I was? There was no sign of a snorkel or a tank anywhere. Why did she swim like a fish? And what was that strange bikini bottom? Aquamarine metallic spandex all the way to her funky nouveau riche flipper gear.

I must have gone into shock. My underwater world started to fade dead away when she did something that was definite dream material -- she kissed me. This gorgeous glistening girl! Kissed me! Not with air. Not with water. But with life. With love!

It was the best kiss of my life -- and, if it was to be my last, it wasn't such a bad way to go. She took me by her soft healing hand as I struggled for life and gracefully pulled me to the surface, where I gasped a grateful gulp of California's fabulous smog. I coughed and choked, but I felt the warmth of the shimmering sun and smiled back appreciatively as she treaded water, grinning and glowing like a swimming angel.

And then everything went black.

I awoke blinded by the sun, my surfboard lying next to me, my wet suit still damp, sand clinging to my hair, the tide gently rolling over my feet.

I slowly sat up, wondering what had happened. According to my waterproof Fossil, it was nine-thirty -- I was totally late for school. I had a throbbing headache. Now it all made sense. I must have been dehydrated this morning and passed out on the beach. The rest had to be a dream.

I attempted to stand, not wanting to annoy Mr. Johnson by being any later to chemistry than usual. But my palm stung. I prayed I hadn't been pricked by a jellyfish. Not only was I dehydrated, but I had been poisoned as well. I opened my clenched fist. It wasn't a wound from a man-of-war -- it was a sparkling silver heart!

I apprehensively caressed the mysterious silver heart and gazed out toward the rolling sea. Maybe I had wiped out and hit my head on my surfboard. Maybe I did almost drown. Maybe I had been saved. And maybe in the struggle I had pulled the necklace off a -- mermaid?

Maybe I was safer surfing the Internet.

Teenage Mermaid. Copyright © by Ellen Schreiber. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

    Teenage love

    O my this is 1ofthe BEST books I've read in forever. I think this is a very appropreat book that has love in it as well as some other books, but doesnt express it as well as this one does. Yes I'm a child, but the books are hard to come by that doesnt have anything to do with bad things. This is the book many preteens should read.

    14 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2011

    Very awesome!

    I love mermaids and evryrhing about them, so i read this one. It was very intriuging and I could read ir over and over and over again! I highly recomend it to any fantasy loving teens!

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    Awesome

    Youll get the best of both worlds!!!!!!!!!!
    In this exciting story, you will expirience a special bond between a mermaid and a human. You might be thinking yeah i have heardstories like this and they are all the same. No. This is different. This book is unlike any other mermaid story. It is awesomse.
    You must read it!!!!!!
    -Just Me

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Awsome!!!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿!!"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooGooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooood(i read the sample soooo goooooood.)

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

    Check it out!

    I really live this book.If you want to read a book no a nook,this is the ine for you.I love to read books about mermaids and love book,if you do to i would read this one.It is age aproppet for littile kids to! GET THIS BOOK KNOW!

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2011

    Lauren Faulkner 1234321656

    I really enjoyed the sample and I think that it gives a nice refreshing twist on the old and modern mermaid

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2003

    The Best Book I Ever Read

    This book is the best book ever it has a twist of not girl becoming human but boy becoming Merman. The author really did a good job at this book. I'd tell anyone to read this book. there was not any bad parts in my opinion. Try it out now.

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2012

    Mermaid Magic

    This book was so good i got done yesterday and i got the book that same day and it had 2 words in the book thats not good but it was a very awwwwwwwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeereeeeeesssssssssssssssssssssooooooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooookkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk awesome book ive ever read so one day when you kids are bored and have nothing to do pick up this book its awesome.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    WOW!!!!!!!!!!

    So good! I highly recomend it!!!!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2006

    'Mermaidia'

    This book is awesome! I know how most people don't care to read reviews, but this is a good one, and an EXCELLENT novel. In the story, you fall straight into the book. You're a PART OF THE BOOK! It's a romance, mermaidful, and exciting, quick story (at least for me it was quick, I finished it in only 3 hours).........If your looking for a good fiction, mermaid, romance novel (and heart-thrilling) read this book!!!! YAY, YAY, YAY!!!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2012

    Best book

    This is a very good book. I finshed in it in a day. Read this book u will love it

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2012

    Teenage mermaid

    Best book ever you have to read it its amazing.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Coolest book eva

    When i read the sample i thought wow this is an amazing book this book is addicting for me i didnt want to put it down thats how good it is i was excited when i was buying the book

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2011

    Its okae. Thats about it.

    Could have been better. Cheezy in some places but not that bad. Not that good either.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2011

    Check it out!

    I really loved this book! I do like to read stuff about mermaids, and sometimes romance. This book is the perfect combination between both! It takes you through all these adevntures of true love and becoming a earthteen for the first time. I highly recommend this book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Okay...

    I liked this book but I kinda expected a little more after the ending. Really hoping for a sequel!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2011

    Please be more

    It was so good but the ending seems like there would be more hopefully there is a sequel so i can read what happened

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2011

    its pretty good

    its pretty good but wheres the second one?

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    cute

    awww this book was si cute!!! There needs to be a second book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2011

    Teenage Mermaid

    A very good book ! I couldn' t put it down ! I wish it could have been longer ! So overall , i loved it !

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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