The Mermaid's Sister

The Mermaid's Sister

by Carrie Anne Noble


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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Winner for Young Adult Fiction, 2014

Realm Award Winner for Best Speculative Fiction of the Year, 2016

There is no cure for being who you truly are.…

In a cottage high atop Llanfair Mountain, sixteen-year-old Clara lives with her sister, Maren, and guardian Auntie. By day, they gather herbs for Auntie’s healing potions. By night, Auntie spins tales of faraway lands and wicked fairies. Clara’s favorite story tells of three orphan infants—Clara, who was brought to Auntie by a stork; Maren, who arrived in a seashell; and their best friend, O’Neill, who was found beneath an apple tree.

One day, Clara discovers shimmering scales just beneath her sister’s skin. She realizes that Maren is becoming a mermaid—and knows that no mermaid can survive on land. Desperate to save her, Clara and O’Neill place the mermaid-girl in their gypsy wagon and set out for the sea. But no road is straight, and the trio encounters trouble around every bend. Ensnared by an evil troupe of traveling performers, Clara and O’Neill must find a way to save themselves and the ever-weakening mermaid.

And always, in the back of her mind, Clara wonders, if my sister is a mermaid, then what am I?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781477820889
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2015
Pages: 236
Sales rank: 609,507
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 760L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Carrie Anne Noble is a former staff writer for a Pennsylvania newspaper and a graduate of the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild apprenticeship program. A member of Kingdom Writers, she also eagerly participates in National Novel Writing Month each November and meets bimonthly with other NaNoWriMo writers in her area. Besides making stuff up, she enjoys reading, sewing, cheering on fellow writers, spending time with her family, and attempting to garden.

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The Mermaid's Sister 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Scarls17 More than 1 year ago
This was a good audiobook and kept my interest. It wasn't my favorite book, but it was entertaining and I think I just wanted certain parts explored more than they were. I have to say, the other reviews for this book do a much better job than me! Read their's! I do recommend this book!
JaneenIppolito More than 1 year ago
A cleverly-written, winsome story with equal parts of magic and authentic historical feel. I cut my teeth reading historical fiction as well as speculative fiction growing up, so this book was a lovely brain massage and had a bit of fun nostalgia factor as well. The voice was incredibly strong and the narrative potent. Moreover, author Carrie Anne Noble managed to make a protagonist who is quite the opposite of what I usually read (as in, MC is very proper, often consumed with worry, rather shy and quiet) entirely endearing and a likable hero worth cheering for. Beautiful, confident prose, fun world-building with a solid historical grounding, and a great HEA make this a satisfying read!
shivapastures More than 1 year ago
Fairy tales are real, but when you're involved in the story, some times you wish there was no such thing. Clara, Maren & Auntie all belonging to one family, but none of them are blood related. Auntie has the power of story, to tell tales of far off places & her own story of being half fairy. Maren, arriving in a seashell to Auntie, only later to become an actual mermaid. Clara, with her story of the stork bringing her to Auntie's cottage. When Maren starts her transformation into a mermaid, Clara, with the help of a family friend O'Neill, set off on an adventure to save Maren, the sister she has know & wants to keep. This a journey to not only save her sister, but one of self discovery and answering Clara's question - will she become a stork, as her story is told? "We've been pretending," Auntie says. "Pretending that your sister's transformation was something yet to come, instead of something that has always been happening, bit by bit. But you can't erase a thing by not acknowledging it." Auntie places one hand on Maren's shoulder and the other on mine. "Your lives are wonders, my girls. They will be wonders from start to finish. Do you remember the story of how you came to me?" "The seashell and the stork. You tell us every birthday," Maren volunteers. Her smile is sweet and strange at the same time. Beautiful and eerie. "And can I lie?" Auntie asks. "Never," Maren and I say in unison, knowing Auntie's part-faerie blood keeps her from speaking falsely. Really well written hero's journey quest. Not over the top, but good examples of perils on the quest. Clara's character is interesting in that she keep expecting the most obvious event(s) to happen, but when it doesn't she adapts, but still questions herself. Highly recommend.
CILLYart More than 1 year ago
MERMAID'S SISTER - by Carrie Anne Noble This was indeed a very charming tale about two girls adopted and raised by a fae woman. Being a fan of mermaid stories and fairy tales, I could not pass the chance to read this book when I heard about it. So glad I did as the author's storytelling was enchanting and hopeful, despite the many different challenges that thronged the lives and paths of the endearing story characters. Thanks for sharing this wonderful tale, Carrie Anne Noble! Well done! I look forward to more enchanting young adult stories that she writes and publishes!
Allthingsbook-ReviewRL More than 1 year ago
4 Stars A typical fairy-tale well wrote and excellent for young readers. This story has great character interaction with an adventure that will keep anyone entertained. Three young teenagers undertake a journey from the mountains to the ocean. They meet unexpected challenges along the way. Can they escape their captors and succeed in their journey? Or will they be forever imprisoned? Although the cover is kind of bland and easy to overlook, this story will make a great read for kids of all ages. (Disclaimer - I received this book from a Goodreads giveaway)