Hannah (Daughters of the Sea Series #1)

Hannah (Daughters of the Sea Series #1)

by Kathryn Lasky


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Bestselling author Kathryn Lasky plunges into the world of teen romance with a magical series about the newest supernatural phenomenon--mermaids!

Hannah is not like other girls in the turn-of-the-century Boston orphanage where she grew up. Instead of seasickness, she gets land sickness. She leaves a ring of salt in the tub when she bathes, and sometimes she sees a faint tracing of scales on her feet. It's freakish, horrifying . . . and deeply thrilling.

Hannah feels a change coming. But she is not the only one who senses it. A young painter recognizes something in Hannah--a connection with the sea that recalls a secret from his own past. A choice lies ahead, and Hannah must discover if she is a creature of the land--or of the sea.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780545238038
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Series: Daughters of the Sea Series , #1
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kathryn Lasky is the Newbery Honor-winning author of over one hundred books for children and young adults. Her beloved Guardians of Ga’Hoole fantasy series has sold more than 4 million copies, and she is the author of the Daughters of the Sea series, the Wolves of the Beyond series, as well as A TIME FOR COURAGE and other Dear America titles. Kathryn has also written a number of critically acclaimed nonfiction titles, such as BEYOND THE BURNING TIME and TRUE NORTH. She lives with her husband in Cambridge, MA.

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Hannah (Daughters of the Sea Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 93 reviews.
HearaMarie More than 1 year ago
I just read this book a month ago and im already wanting to read it again! the book it excellent and it has many catchs : fantasy, suspence, easy to read, some what historical (it takes place in late 1800s boston and maine). This book is a must read summer book. The story is of mainly 15 year old hannah finding out about herself in a imortant upperclass family. from the orphan train to a lower servent dodging the family's oldest daughter and befriending the youngest sister. The only bad thing about the book is it ended to fast and the second bokk hasnt come out yet! *****5 Stars!!!!!!!!
goldfishhhhhx More than 1 year ago
I saw this book in Barnes and Noble and decided to buy it. I read it in 2 days. I loved it, it was so good (:
POTTERHARRY More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome. All girls should read this series.
Maddie Chadwick More than 1 year ago
I have never read a better fairyish tail ever i cant wait for book 2 and 3
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Hannah is different from the other orphans. She feels an inexplicable pull towards the sea. She can't explain it and discusses it with no one. Because Hannah is deemed unfit for service, she is turned out of the Boston Home for Little Wanderers. She is sent west on the orphan train. Hannah becomes deathly ill the further away she gets from the ocean. Thankfully, Hannah is sent back to Boston, and finds placement with a prominent family. The Hawleys are extremely wealthy and live in a grand house. Hannah works tirelessly as the Hawleys scullery maid. She feels more alive living this close to the ocean, but does not understand the fascination she has with it. Hannah begins to notice fish scales on her feet and legs, and she leaves a ring of salt behind every time she bathes. A mysterious painter seems to know her secret, but Hannah is still in the dark. Will she discover the truth, and if she does, will it be too late? HANNAH is the first novel in the DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA trilogy. The novels follow the lives of three sisters who are separated at birth. Their identities are shrouded in mystery, and they all must struggle to unearth their true parentage. This novel, like all of Lasky's, is very easy to read. The story moves quickly, and the characters are colorful and diverse. Hopefully, Lasky will not make us wait too long to discover what happens to Hannah and her sisters!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like books about mystery amd mermaids, this book is for you! It starts and ends nicely, and flows smoothly.
Jessica Perez More than 1 year ago
I love this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent read the book yet but from all of the reviews i can people people have liked it a lot
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hannah by Kathryn Lasky is an excellent book.I really liked it a lot because the story was very suspenseful and the charachters were good!Even though the story went off track at some places and some parts were a bit irrevelant and not important to the book,it was still really amazing and i would recommnend this book to a friend!I read it in a day.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the book and so will you ! It is a tense story and you can not stop reading it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I checked out this book from my school library i love PERCY JACKSON and it is Better than that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!! AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BEST BOOK EVER i have read it 1000 times!!!!!!!!!
lyricaltwin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I didn't like this one as much as the second one. If you want my advice, read the second one first and THEN read this one, but it was altogether pretty good. I loved how it's set in the past and Hannah was a fascinating character.
Bonnie_Morley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From Kathryn Lasky, the Newbery award winner for ¿The Guardian of Ga¿Hoole¿, comes a new series called the ¿Daughters of the Sea¿.Hannah is an orphan with an unknown past. She does not know where she came from or who her parents are, what she does know is that she always feels like an outsider. This becomes more apparent when she is put on an orphan train bound for the middle of the country. The further she gets away from the sea the sicker Hannah becomes. Knowing that the sea calls her Hannah finds employment as a scullery maid for a house that is close to the sea. It is here that Hannah finds a stranger who knows more about who and what she is. The tide of change is happening and Hannah has to decide between her new found family and a whole new world of adventure. I enjoyed reading about Hannah and watching her become more comfortable in her own skin. She is a relatable character and allows readers to understand that what she is going through is something that everyone faces at one time in their lives. This is a good starter book for people who want to start to try reading fantasy, because Kathryn Lasky is able to join both reality and fantasy into a believable mix.
RefPenny on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hannah is an orphan and has been living at The Boston Home for Little Wanderers but now she is 15 she has to leave. She is sent to Kansas but the further she gets from the sea, the sicker she gets. In the end the family she is with sends her back to Boston where she gets a job as scullery maid to a wealthy family. Here she encounters one daughter who wants to be her friend and another who seems to be her enemy. And then there is the painter who seems to understand the strangeness she feels.Although Hannah¿s mystery is easily guessed the book is still enjoyable. The depiction of Hannah¿s life as a servant is particularly interesting and there are enough twists and turns in the story to keep you reading till the end. This is the first book in a trilogy and this book has a slightly unsatisfactory ending although it is not a cliff hanger.Recommended for girls 10 and up.
miki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hannah is very clearly the first book of a series, and is about an orphan girl turned scullery maid who discovers that she has a secret connection to the sea. The premise sounded cute and full of some intriguing possibilities, and the author is known for some really interesting historical fiction and non-fiction both, so I was excited to read this book. And parts of the book met my expectations -- the setting seemed alive, the historical details were vividly sprinkled in without seeming pedantic, and several of the characters seemed well-developed and compelling.And while it's a fun read, it felt like the book tried to be too many things at once, and so didn't quite succeed at any of them. The cover copy lists the book as being aimed at 9-12 year-olds, which makes sense -- it's a good age group for the topic, and the largish font certainly seems aimed at elementary school readers. But at its core, the book is a romance -- with secret trysts, stolen kisses, and Hannah making big life decisions based on her relationship with a 19 year-old. The book feels almost as if it was originally written as a YA novel, and then edited after the fact to change it into a book for girls a few years younger. As you are reading, you can feel where chunks have suddenly been skipped or condensed -- and the romantic thread so sharply so that it is almost confusing -- there are all of a handful of scenes that include Hannah and her love interest, and so it very disjointedly jumps from glancing at each other, to kissing, to Hannah's life revolving around him, without much conversation in between.Myself, I probably wouldn't give this book to a 9 or 10 year-old. On the other hand, I could see giving it to a 13 year-old or so who was looking for a light, relaxing read.
24girl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At the age of fourteen Hannah Albury has reached the day where she transitions from old the Little Wanderer orphanage that she grew up in into the real world. After a miserable month in Kansas where she became deathly ill, Hannah was sent back to Boston and placed in the home of the wealthy Hawley family to work as a scullery maid. There she befriends the family's youngest daughter Ettie and delights in talking with the young girl even though contact between the family and household help is frowned upon. When Hannah catches the attention of a young painter, Stannish Wheeler, hired to paint the Hawley girls she unknowingly made an enemy of the older daughter Lila and her mysterious cat Jade. It quickly becomes obvious that Lila is not completely mentally stable and she soon has more to contend with than the unnatural attraction she has to the sea. Resisting the call of the water is getting harder and harder to do especially when Stannish seems to have many of the answers she's been looking for. This was a great young adult read. It's geared towards 9-12 year olds and I think it's perfect. The story is mysterious enough to hold anyone's attention and I know younger girls would love reading about Hannah's adventures. The only reason this book isn't a full five stars is the major cliff hanger at the end. I'm all for leaving us hanging when there are more books in the series but this one has a very abrupt ending. So much so that I had to double check no pages were missing. Other than that I highly recommend this one for tween girls or anyone who loves to read YA fantasy books. I will definitely be reading the next in the series.
SugarCreekRanch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hannah is the story of a 15 year old orphan, who is sent to work as a scullery maid in the house of a well-off family. It is the story of Hannah¿s discovery that she is not an ordinary girl, but is a mermaid.The promotional text for the book makes it apparent that Hannah is a mermaid. But Hannah doesn¿t discover this until almost the book¿s end. That makes it a pretty predictable story ¿ and means that we don¿t get to read much about the magic of the mermaid world. To me, this was a ho-hum book. It looks like there are 3 books planned, all about different ¿daughters of the sea¿; if each of them is about the discovery of being a mermaid, rather than life as a mermaid, then I think I¿ll pass.But my 10-year-old daughter absolutely loved it! She can¿t wait to read more books in this series. And since the book is written more for her than for me, I¿ll have to give it four stars.The book is labeled as appropriate for ages 9-12, or grades 4-7. That seems fairly accurate. The reading level will be a bit high for many fourth graders (opening to a random page gave words such as ¿distinguished¿, ¿constrained¿, and ¿dessicated¿). There is a love interest in the book, and some catty competition for the attention of the love interest, but there is nothing inappropriate for younger readers.
rebecca191 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hannah Albury never knew her parents. She spent the first fifteen years of her life at The Boston Home for Little Wanderers, an orphanage. For as long as she can remember, she has felt drawn to the sea. But now that she is fifteen, she must leave the orphanage. First, she is sent west on the Orphan Train. But when she becomes strangely and mysteriously ill, Hannah knows she must return to live near the sea, and she is sent back to Boston.Upon her return to the orphanage, a position is found for Hannah - she is to work as a housemaid for a wealthy family in Boston. Back near the sea, Hannah recovers, but she still senses that there is something different about her. A handsome young arist who has come to her employer¿s home to paint a portrait of his daughters appears to know something about what is wrong with Hannah, but seems unwilling to give her the answers she seeks.This book was more historical fiction with some fantasy elements, rather than fantasy with a historical setting as I had first assumed. I did overall enjoy this story but there were some unresolved plot threads that I hope are further visited in future books in the series, and I was a bit frustrated by the hint of romance that ended so abruptly. I would recommend this book to readers who like historical fiction with a hint of magic, and I'm definitley interested in reading the rest of the series to see how the story concludes.
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hannah has lived in the Boston Home for Little Wanderers all her life. As the other orphan girls dream of being the long, lost daughter of a wealthy family whom they will eventually be reunited with and live happily ever after, Hannah has never had such dreams. Instead, all she dreams of is the sea... the salt water, the sea breeze, a cottage to live in with a view of the ocean. She has always been different from the other girls and they have definitely made her feel the outcast. As she reaches an age where she has to leave the safety of the orphanage and make her way in the world, she gets shipped off to dry, Kansas, to work as a farmer. But the further she gets from Boston and, more importantly, the ocean, the more she starts to realize exactly how different she is from other girls.With faltering health, she is returned to Boston where she secures a job as a scullery maid with the Hawley's, one of Boston's most elite families. While learning her duties, she meets the dashing, Stannish Whitman Wheeler, an artist who has been hired by the Hawley's to paint a portrait of the three, young Hawley daughters. But while Hannah catches the eye of Stannish, she also catches the attention of the eldest Hawley daughter ,Lila, who is quite creepy really. Lila and her equally evil cat Jade, dislike Hannah from the start and will do anything to wreak havov with poor Hannah's feelings.The bulk of the story is mostly about Hannah's life as a servant at the turn of the century. And to be honest, I really liked this part of the book. I loved reading about the in's and out's of servant life - from the butler to the scullery girls. I loved the evilness of Lila and her sidekick cat and all the trouble that ensues. I almost felt as if the mermaid part was an oversight and just tacked on at the end. So there definitely wasn't as much mermaid action as I would have hoped.Knowing this book is a trilogy explains why there were some things that just felt unfinished - although the story did end. I'm not sure how to really explain it, but in the end, I just felt like... that's it? Don't take me wrong, it's not a cliffhanger ending, but it was very anti-climactic and left much to be desired.All in all, I can definitely recommend this to young teens as well as older teens. I think the pacing was a bit slow but in the end it did hold my interest throughout. Once again, my main complaint would be the ending, but hopefully the next two books in the series will redeem that. I will definitely be on the lookout for the next book in the series (although it seems a publication date has not yet been announced.)
OregonKimm on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If first the title doesn¿t give it away, and then the cover fails to clue you in, then surely the book description gives it up that this is a book about mermaids; however, the majority of the book only alludes to the fact that something is different about Hannah in this first installment of Daughters of the Sea. I was pleasantly surprised by the direction the author, Kathryn Lasky, took in plotting out her three book story.Hannah is a sweet character, surrounded by mostly warm and helpful individuals. There are, of course, a couple of antagonists to the story, but nothing too harsh or severe. There are no extremes to this book and it rolls along innocently enough. I¿m really starting to enjoy YA fiction and look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. This is actually very important to Hannah¿s story because her book doesn¿t complete itself¿I think you are certainly going to have to continue to read to see what happens to her¿Because I always want to encourage children to read, I¿ve passed this book along to an eleven year old girl as an incentive. I think that¿s an appropriate reader age to enjoy the book¿somewhere in the middle school years.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hannah is so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast paced good short story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think it's really good