The Unseen World of Poppy Malone #3: A Mischief of Mermaids

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Nine-year-old Poppy Malone?s parents are paranormal investigators. They research vampires, fairies, UFOs, and other strange things. When they need help, it?s up to scientific Poppy. Her twin brother, Will, is too lazy. Her older sister, Franny, is too busy with teenage stuff. And Rollie, the baby of the family, is too little.

In the third book in the spooky and hilarious Unseen World of Poppy Malone series, A Mischief of Mermaids, Poppy makes friends with Nina, a mermaid who ...

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Overview

Nine-year-old Poppy Malone’s parents are paranormal investigators. They research vampires, fairies, UFOs, and other strange things. When they need help, it’s up to scientific Poppy. Her twin brother, Will, is too lazy. Her older sister, Franny, is too busy with teenage stuff. And Rollie, the baby of the family, is too little.

In the third book in the spooky and hilarious Unseen World of Poppy Malone series, A Mischief of Mermaids, Poppy makes friends with Nina, a mermaid who lives in Lake Travis. When Franny messes with Nina’s magic, she gets transformed into a mermaid herself, and Poppy has to figure out how to turn her sister back into a human.

Tween fans of the middle-grade Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast series will love Poppy’s adventures.

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Editorial Reviews

ALA Booklist
Praise for A Gaggle of Goblins: “A satisfying tale for skeptical tweens, who will eagerly await Poppy’s further adventures.”
The Horn Book
Praise for A Gaggle of Goblins: “Two worlds collide in this jaunty and easily digestible story of magic and domestic mayhem.”
Booklist
“Just the right balance of whimsy and skepticism to engage both pro- and anti-mermaid readers. Adding further appeal is the balance between Poppy’s exasperation with her family and all she learns from them.”
Children's Literature - Lisette Baez
Poppy Malone comes from a family deeply involved in all things paranormal. The only problem is she does not quite fit in. According to Poppy, ghosts and goblins do not exist. She is not a believer, that is until she begins to encounter the not-so-normal in real life. While spending the day with her family on Mr. Asquith's houseboat, Poppy begins to wonder if all the stories and sightings of lake monsters may hold some truth. She quickly devises a plan to uncover the truth about what she "thinks" she saw and heard out on the lake. She begins to compile evidence, create a list of possibilities and decides what actions she should take. As she sets out in her kayak, the water becomes her world of wonder as she searches for what may or may not be real. With this new found interest and intrigue will she now take part in the family's love of the paranormal? If you love adventure, get ready to follow Polly in this exciting series as she dives into a world of adventure of the "unseen world." Book three in the "Poppy Malone" series. Reviewer: Lisette Baez
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 3–6—Nine-year-old Poppy Malone, whose parents are paranormal investigators, begins to wonder about mermaids when she notices inexplicable giggles and mysterious lights on the shore of the lake at night. She's not sure what to think until Nerissa, a young mermaid, comes ashore and befriends her. While the distracted Mr. and Mrs. Malone work on tracking aliens, Poppy's sister, Franny, accidentally swaps her legs for a tail by touching Nerissa's special cloak. Nerissa's mermaid friends try to lure Franny into remaining a mermaid forever, and it seems like she would love nothing more. Poppy, her twin brother, and Nerissa have a very limited time to attempt to convince Franny to ditch the tail and reclaim her legs. Harper's skill as a storyteller shines through in the solid characters and engaging plot. Substantial yet quick, Poppy's latest adventure will find an audience of eager readers.—Amanda Struckmeyer, Middleton Public Library, Madison, WI
Kirkus Reviews
A skeptic trapped in a family of believers comes face to face with nasty nautical ladies in the third book of a series. Poppy's parents may be hokey paranormal investigators, her older teen sister a twit and her little brother an incipient psychopath, but at least she can rely on her twin brother, Will, and their buddy Henry. Yet ever since her family borrowed a houseboat on a lake reputed to be an alien hotspot, she's found the two boys prefer to do things without her. Alone and miffed, Poppy stumbles on the titular mischief of mermaids, and one of them takes her curiosity about the human world to the next level. Unfortunately this results in Poppy's sister Franny's mistakenly sprouting a tail of her own. Can she be turned back before she forgets who she was? Stock characters and sitcom-style dialogue do little to set this series apart from the pack. Still, the action comes steadily, and readers will not grow bored at any point. Oddly, interest in the supernatural seems split almost equally between the Malones' misguided alien hunt and Poppy's very real mermaids. And while the mermaid storyline comes to a satisfactory close, Poppy's falling out with Will and Henry is forgotten entirely. A serviceable fantasy best suited for those kids who have already enjoyed Poppy's previous adventures. (Fantasy. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061996139
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Pages: 273
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Suzanne Harper grew up in Texas and lives in New York City.

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