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Contributor(s): Porter, Sarah

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ISBN: 0547482531     ISBN-13: 9780547482538
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: May 2012

Annotation: When Luce is assaulted and left on the cliffs outside her Alaskan fishing village by her uncle, she falls into the water below, transforming into a mermaid only to be faced with struggles and choices she could never have imagined.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mermaids; Fiction.
Supernatural; Fiction.
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2012016561
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Lost Voices
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.00" W x 1.00" (0.70 lbs) 309 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 144497
Reading Level: 6.3   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 13.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q54867
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 20.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring)
After Luce's transformation from human to mermaid, she learns all mermaids were once abused girls who are now seeking revenge for humans' innate cruelty. By singing a beautifully sad death song, Luce and her tribe cause shipwreck after shipwreck, a practice that never feels right to Luce. The gratifying story charts one girl's physical and emotional journey toward finding her own strength and voice.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2011 May #4)

In debut novelist Porter's bleak take on mermaids, first in a trilogy, the creatures are born out of human abuse and neglect. Luce is an unwanted orphan, living with her alcoholic uncle on the Alaska coast. When he tries to rape her, Luce simply gives up and slides away, falling off a cliff. She awakens singing in the ocean, watching strangers drown as a ship sinks. There are other singers nearby, who bully Luce, answer her questions, and welcome her in a way her peers on land never did. A mermaid's life turns out to be even more brutal than the one Luce left, but now the brutality is directed elsewhere—at humankind. Still, Luce's conscience rebels, and she seeks some way to resolve the beauty of a mermaid's song with the horror of a siren's role. Porter's narrative style suits her oceanic theme; the vivid colors and particularities of life are smoothed away to plain clarity. Luce thinks about her world in ways that read much younger than her 14 years, but the simplicity of the style makes the darkness of the story more tolerable. Ages 12–up. (July)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2011 August)

Gr 6–9—Luce, 14, wants to just disappear. After her swindling father's boat vanishes, she is forced to move in with her abusive, alcoholic uncle in an Alaskan fishing town. One day he attacks her atop a tall cliff. In her desperation to flee, she is sent tumbling down into the ocean below. What surely should have meant death is actually a rebirth, as Luce is magically transformed into a mermaid and taken in by several mermaids residing nearby. Luce, who has never had any real friends, befriends them, learning that the tribe is made up of girls just like her; they have all been abused in some way. After adjusting to her new world, Luce is overwhelmed with the love she feels—until she learns that her friends use their powerful voices to lure passing ships into the rocks, killing everyone onboard. She is appalled but if she doesn't subscribe to their practices and their abhorrence of humans, she may be banished, sent out into the dangerous ocean on her own. When a new mermaid joins the group and grossly shifts the tribe's dynamics, though, Luce's character is truly tested. For the first book in a slated trilogy, Porter does a nice job of painting Luce's emotions and the dynamics within the tribe. The description of how the girls transform is hazy at best and must be overlooked to enjoy the story that takes place under the sea. The book should be enjoyed by those who dream of becoming someone (or something) else.—Lauren Newman, Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School, Columbus, NJ

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