Thora

Thora

by Gillian Johnson
     
 

Thora's no ordinary girl. She's got scales on her legs, purple feet, and a blowhole that squirts water from the top of her head. Thora's a half-mermaid. And as mermaid law commands, Thora must spend ten years at sea and ten years on land. In a houseboat called the Loki, Thora sails the seas with her mermaid mother, Halla, and guard ian, Mr. Walters. But following her… See more details below

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Thora's no ordinary girl. She's got scales on her legs, purple feet, and a blowhole that squirts water from the top of her head. Thora's a half-mermaid. And as mermaid law commands, Thora must spend ten years at sea and ten years on land. In a houseboat called the Loki, Thora sails the seas with her mermaid mother, Halla, and guard ian, Mr. Walters. But following her tenth birthday, Thora heads to the seaside town of Grimli, where her father grew up.

In Grimli, fat-cat tycoon Frooty de Mare will stop at nothing to expand his Tooty Frooty Enterprises. With the help of new friends and her pet peacock, Thora has her work cut out thwarting Frooty's evil plans -- not to mention doing a bit of exploring into her own Grimli roots.

Gillian Johnson's fanciful tale captures the unflappable spirit of an exceptional young heroine who, despite being half-mermaid, somehow always manages to land on her feet.

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Children's Literature
And what, you might ask, is a half-mermaid? Young Thora is half of the land and half of the sea, has scales on her legs, purple feet, and a blowhole that squirts water on the top of her head. As the old Sea Shrew says, speaking destiny to Thora's mother, rather than practicality, "If she can live between worlds for ten years, this daughter...can live." But how? Her mermaid mother, well-intentioned, cannot do much. The answers lie in a village named Grimli—with a kindly and very tall man named Mr. Walters, a satisfying villain with the improbable name of Frooty de Mare, a foster-family, and three eccentric sisters with a past to reckon with. Thora's a delightful heroine with a quick spin to her thoughts, and an idiosyncratic way with language that is at first a little dizzying but quickly acquires its own charm. In their own quirky way, the adult allies in the story try to help, but Thora—in the grand tradition of fictional, if not literal, orphandom—is her own best hope. Just as well, since Frooty's machinations need a strong countering force and no one else seems able to take him on. Illustrated by the author in a series of black and white line drawings that pepper the text, this story combines a whimsical concept with appealing characters. It even contains some genuinely funny tongue-in-cheek intertextual references to contemporary children's fiction—a wry subtext that young readers might miss, even while it reinforces a sort of lateral-thinking humor that they will appreciate. Despite marching, perfectly clueless, right into the lion's den, Thora manages to put the baddies in their place with flair, and all ends as we only wish it could in real life. 2005,HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 12.
—Uma Krishnaswami

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780207198151
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers Australia
Publication date:
10/29/2003
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.51(d)

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