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About a hundred years ago, they say, a mermaid ruled the cold sea that washed around northern lands. She was beautiful and dangerous, and the fishermen of those parts were careful to speak well of her. All but Eric Anderson, who scorned her very existence - until the day the mermaid smashed his fishing boat against the rocks, nearly killing him and his crew. Eric bid his fAbout a hundred years ago, they say, a mermaid ruled the cold sea that washed around northern lands. She was beautiful and dangerous, and the fishermen of those parts were careful to speak well of her. All but Eric Anderson, who scorned her very existence - until the day the mermaid smashed his fishing boat against the rocks, nearly killing him and his crew. Eric bid his family good-bye, for after that, no one would sail with him. His grandchildren, Jon and Anna, never stopped missing him; so from the moment they saw the mermaid for themselves, they knew it was up to them to tame her and bring their grandfather home again......

Title : The Mermaid Summer
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ISBN : 9780064403443
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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The Mermaid Summer Reviews

  • Nilsson
    2019-05-27 10:45

    A good lesson about being wary before you trust mermaids too quickly. They're wild, if intelligent magical animals and not trustworthy in the same way as humans can be. If they speak to you they're usually being deceitful or want something for themselves. Though there have been a few rare well-meaning mermaids in the past it's not likely they would interact with humans if this were the case.

  • Bria Chaffin
    2019-05-31 08:02

    This was one of the first fiction books I've ever read. Before that it was all picture books and those little factoid books about Egyptology.... This is a first love of mine and if I can find the copy with the cover art that I had read in from the elementary school library, it would be a precious add to my collection.

  • Andr01d
    2019-06-05 09:01

    Not a great Mollie Hunter book. While I enjoyed the characters and the use of magic in the story, it lacked the feeling of suspense and the eerie atmosphere of her other books. Perhaps it is because most of the scenes take place during the day, not at night? The right elements are there: supernatural creatures, precocious and brave children, mysterious old folks with ancient wisdom, hardworking small villages in Europe. But there was less excitement to be found in the story, and the plot was a little too predictable and repetitive. Not a memorable book. Would have made a better short story perhaps?

  • Gricel
    2019-06-23 09:07

    Everyone knows that nothing displeases the mermaids that haunt the Drongs (a stone formation off the coast of the village) more than humans who ignore their hold over the seas, but Eric Anderson, a jovial fisherman with little regard for the legendary creatures of the sea disregards the power of the mermaids, he finds that his self-assurance leads him into a whirlpool of trouble. When an enchantingly beautiful but deadly mermaid lures his fishing fleet into the dangerous waters that surround the pointed Drongs, Eric Anderson is certain the end has come. When his life and that of his companions is spared, Eric’s shame at bringing the mermaid’s curse upon his men and their families forces him to leave the village and take the curse upon himself, but Eric’s granddaughter, Anna refuses to believe that her Granda Eric will never return.When Eric begins to send his family gifts from the many lands he journeyed to, his family is pleased, but worried. For his grandchildren, he selects gifts are more meaningful than he suspects: a conch shell and knife for Jon; a jade comb, a silver mirror, and a multi-hued fabric that shines with all the colors of the sea for Anna. Do these gifts have the power to break the mermaid’s curse? And will Anna and Jon be brave enough to use them?---The novel reads like a sea legend; the tale of a vengeful mermaid and a pair of cunning children in a Scottish fishing village. The mermaid is portrayed as a dark and powerful creature, in the tradition of the Sirens, her song allowing her to charm and destroy those who dare deny her. It’s an interesting, fairy-tale like tale, but the feminist in me had some trouble with the portrayal of women(girls) as vain, flighty, and impulsive. It is clear that this is Anna’s story; her actions are the ones that drive the story to its end, but these are depicted as unwise choices resulting from a foolish, stubborn girl’s curiosity. The mermaid, while a powerful creature, is nevertheless portrayed as a vain and self-centered girl, her actions arising as a result of her desire to be revered and exalted as the most awe-inspiring mermaid. The story almost carries the caveat so often associated with the old tales of seafaring men–”Ay, keep yer women-folk off yer boats and out of the seas. Nothing but trouble do they bring.”However, I can now understand why I was so fascinated by this story when I was a kid; there weren’t that many children’s books that featured dark fantasy. Most mermaid books were of the Ariel variety–lovelorn girl wants to become a human. The Mermaid Summer is definitely not about a sweet, lovelorn mermaid who likes to sing. She’s cruel and takes pleasure in riddles; while Jon and Anna are no innocent children swayed by the magic of a beautiful mermaid.Gricel @

  • Amélie Hartley
    2019-06-10 04:44

    Good. Not long enough. Good writing though.

  • K.M.
    2019-06-21 11:06

    “The Mermaid Summer” takes place over 100 years ago in a small Scottish fisherman village where a mermaid rules the seas. Eric Anderson is a fisherman who doesn’t have the proper respect for the mermaid, scoffing at warnings that she’s a dangerous foe. He soon realizes his folly when the mermaid almost lures him to his death, forcing Eric to leave behind his family, including his grandchildren Jon and Anna, to seek work far from the mermaid’s fatal siren call. The children are devastated upon his departure, especially Anna who has a close relationship with her grandfather. This is illustrated through the many letters Anna writes to him while he is away on his travels, begging him to come home.It is not long before the children find themselves embroiled in mermaid affairs. It is only through their cunning and strength, as well as gifts Eric sends them along the way, that they set out to win back their freedom, the town’s well-being and their grandfather’s safe return.This is one of my all time favorite stories. This creature of myth and beauty makes for the perfect antagonist, while illustrating just where vanity and jealousy can get you. The story also shows us that fortitude, loyalty and love can triumph, as any good fairytale should. I enjoy reading it now just as much as I did as a child and recently found it in hard cover.

  • Robyn
    2019-06-10 09:12

    Haunting, lovely, and occasionally a bit frightening, the words that best describe the titular Mermaid also describe the book as a whole. Frightening passages of the Mermaid holding someone in thrall with her song mix with a story of a young girl's life in a 19th century Scottish fishing village. While I deeply enjoyed the fantasy aspects of this novel, as they are strangely realistic, I also found this to be wonderful period piece. Since this takes place a time when mermaids were thought to be real, and were considered a actual hazard to sailors, it lends the story so much more credence. Also, the lovely details of life in that time and place were as interesting to me as the story itself, and really served to pull the reader into Jon and Anna's world. All of the characters are vibrant and alive. You understand their feelings, even those of the Mermaid. This is a wonderful novel, especially for a young girl.

  • Stuart
    2019-06-15 07:44

    A classic children's fantasy about a brother and sister duo who face off with a vain and vengeful mermaid in a small Scottish village. Does an excellent job of capturing the mood and tone early 20th century Britain while still being accessible, written in simple and fluid but expressive language. The handful of characters are well developed and interesting, if not deeply complex, and the mermaid herself is a wonderful blend of immortal beauty and caprice. The subtle presence of magic lends the book a fairy tale air supported by the haunting undertones of morality and life lessons, fabulously woven under the skin of the tale rather than used to clobber the reader. A light, tasty fantasy literature appetizer, perfect for a day by the sea if you're a grown up, excellent for young adults and children just getting into fantasy fiction.

  • Oksana*Bookaholic*
    2019-06-19 09:51

    Let's just say this - this would be a story that I could've written... In sixth grade. Lots of flaws... I think that this book might not have been edited a lot.Let's begin this super-short review. Mermaids! Who doesn't love them?? There's always an air of mysteriousness and fascination that draws us to these creatures. And I bet you've seen The Little Mermaid at least twice. The title definitely drew me in. Mermaid Summer. Catchy! Anyway, it was a little... Boring. To say the least. It had a lot of missing details, though I loved reading about the mermaid being tricked.Lately, I've been reading books that I don't really like, so it's hard to write long reviews about books about books that I don't enjoy... ...Then again, that could have something to do with the fact that teachers are giving out 5 pounds of Hw...

  • Yoli
    2019-05-26 10:55

    Así pues, tenemos delante un libro que a pesar de ser infantil tiene mucho juego y mucho movimiento. La trama consiste en que uno de nuestros personajes, Eric Anderson, no cree en las sirenas y por tanto siempre se burla de ellas y de la gente que si que cree. Al hacer esto, está poniendo en peligro a su familia de pescadores que se van al mar, porque allí vive la sirena que no les va a dejar en paz.Un día en que Eric y su familia salen al mar se ven rodeados por una niebla muy espesa que no les deja moverse ni ver hacia donde se dirigen, ocurriendo que se encuentren con el canto de la sirena y que se destroce el barco. No obstante, consiguen salvarse pero esto ha hecho que Eric quiera mantenerse alejado del mar en el que trabaja su familia. Se marchará pero sus nietos Ana y Jon se enfrentaran a la sirena.

  • Sella Malin
    2019-06-05 08:09

    It's really funny how I found this book and author. I was going through the library, looking for a book from my favorite series, the warriors series. It's by Erin Hunter, so I was looking under the H section. I wasn't finding anything, so I got excited when I found the name Hunter on the rack. Then I realized it wasn't a warriors book; it was some other author named Mollie Hunter. Disappointed, I was about to put it back when I took a look at it, and the cover caught my eye. I read the back, and before I knew it, I was checking it out. At home, I opened it curiously, and suddenly I was emersed in the book and couldn't tear myself away from it. This book is amazing and anyone who likes either fantasy or mermaids must read it.

  • Ashley
    2019-06-13 04:49

    My friend and I were talking books, and she told me about this book that she had read and loved as a kid, and because it's out of print, and she is AMAZING, she found and sent me a copy! <3So, I read it. And, I was unfortunately very disappointed. I know that books we read as kids don't often hold up as adults, and it's very possible I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if I had read it when I was a kid. But, it's a very short book (my copy is only 118 pgs) and I was rather bored through most of the reading experience. I never really cared about what happened, thought the writing was a might stilted and weird, and that none of the characters were really ever developed beyond a stereotype. Very sad I didn't enjoy this one. I had high hopes for it.

  • Annette Ahrens
    2019-06-08 11:01

    I had the opportunity to read it as a kid for Advanced Reading in school for A.R. points and I loved the story so much, I would check and recheck it out even though I had read it a billion times. Ultimately, it became one of my favourite books in my childhood. I loved the way she made the story come alive with vivid descriptions, including the Mermaid herself and the power of Siren Song. I had always been fascinated with the legend and myths of Mermaid Sealore ever since I saw The Little Mermaid when I was four, and this was something new and exciting that furthered my love of the belief that mermaids could possibly exist. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • eLLen
    2019-05-30 09:53

    A nice, suspenseful book for young readers (4-6th grade). I enjoy the way Mollie Hunter tells stories. I feel like I would like to meet the characters, or travel to the place where the story took place.

  • Lkj
    2019-06-15 03:51

    Great book!! Very dark Irish children's book that reads like a fairy tale, and I don't mean Disney. The mermaid in this story is selfish, vain, and vindictive... and the children who get involved with her are brave and innocent. Great, great story.

  • Rachel
    2019-06-05 10:11

    With the help of her brother, Jon 12 year old Anna daringly seeks to discover the secret means to undo a mermaids curse upon their grandfather, Thrilling, keeps you on the edge of your seat, action packed,

  • Jackie
    2019-06-20 04:59

    Mermaids can be treacherous! This is a great dark story about two kids whose father is a fisherman, and the power an angry mermaid can have over their lives. How can they save their father from her wrath? This is a great shivery fantasy, with a terrific ending! I loved it!

  • Becky Birtha
    2019-05-31 08:45

    This was a story-teller's tale, set in a Scottish fishing village, in which the mermaid was vain and a danger (totally different from the mermaid in Cynthia Rylant's The Islander), but the children were brave and a match for her.

  • Chelsea
    2019-06-18 07:52

    Fun little story about an evil, vain mermaid and 2 children.

  • Jana
    2019-06-20 04:55

    An interesting story. I was a good read. Loved trying to figure out the fisherman lingo.

  • Janet Freeman
    2019-06-06 07:13

    Another book i loved from my youth. In fact it was the first book i read on my own, and enjoyed.

  • Jay
    2019-06-16 09:50

    Quaint, simple story with good language that helps set the time period. Not much humor, but I enjoyed the mermaid's character and the solution the kids carry out.

  • Ellen
    2019-06-06 05:51

    I read this a long time ago and LOVED it. I lent it to a friend before she moved and was heartbroken to never get it back.

  • Amanda Hartley
    2019-06-02 09:55

    re-read. Still loved it as much as always.

  • Alycia
    2019-06-17 10:46

    I read this in elementary/middle school and loved it then. A very well written take on mermaid folklore. This is not A Little Mermaid, I need to re-read it!

  • Melinda
    2019-06-14 04:05

    One of my very favorites as a child. A very different take on how mermaids are perceived.

  • Jessica Harmon
    2019-06-18 08:48

    I will never forget this book. Got it when i was six and have read it dozens of times! A great read for young girls!

  • Leah
    2019-06-20 10:14

    Overall it was a pretty good book, but i probably wont remember it. It was nice and simple and lets you head cool down after a complicated series.

  • Amanda
    2019-06-11 10:08

    It's a pretty short book, 118 pages, but it has a really interesting story, and the ending is very satisfying

  • Kristen Walker
    2019-06-10 03:49

    I read this book in middle school - found it in the library. Loved it. It's a beautiful haunting fable. Little girls should love it. But beware - this is not a Disney mermaid. She's mean.