Set in Rocky Harbor, a fictional fishing village on Massachusetts' Cape Ann,The Blue Bottle tells the story of 13-year-old Charlotte Hale, the granddaughter of an aging lobsterman, who has been sent to stay for the summer with her grandparents after a less-than-successful school year. On the bus ride there, Charlotte meets an eccentric retired teacher who tells her the story of the blue bottle, a local legend that leads her on a high-stakes quest for an ancient glass bottle, reputed to hold within it all the power of the oceans.
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The Blue Bottle is a beautifully written fantasy middle grade novel set on the New England coast about a young girl sent to live with her grandparents against her wishes. Once she arrives, she discovers some amazing secrets about the town, her family, and her own unique nature while learning she may be the only person who can save the community from disaster. The coastal setting in “The Blue Bottle” is lovely and richly painted. The characters are engaging and realistic and the story flows easily making for an enjoyable read. The entire plot of the book is beautifully original with sea monsters and creatures described and imagined in an entirely new way. Between the dangerous eels and cheeky mermaids, I was delighted to read something so fresh in comparison to many of the stories on the market right now that seem so similar to each other. Emilie-Noelle Provost knows her craft and has a true gift for writing engaging, original stories with sympathetic, realistic characters. She also has a gift for dispersing age appropriate humor throughout her story as well as immediately pulling the reader in for what promises to be a fun adventure. This is a book I’d definitely recommend.
Written, inspired and published out of a (talented writer's) mother's love and devotion to her daughter.