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Parents' Guide to

The Girl from the Sea

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Teen falls for aquatic shape-shifter in swoony romance.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+
No sex, no swearing -- honestly, I think it fell victim to the "It's LGBT, so lets review it only for teens," trap. 5th graders and mature 4th graders will still have fun with this one -- the focus is on friendships, a sense of self, and the battle between the two. Romance is light, and entirely based around hand holdings, and a kiss or two. If you have a kiddo who enjoys Real Friends/BestFriends, New Kid, or Click, this is a comparable graphic novel.
age 14+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (12 ):

Selkies are an important aspect of Celtic folklore, and this swoony romance between a human girl and an aquatic shape-shifter gives the myth a modern twist. Author/illustrator Molly Knox Ostertag doesn't waste much time wondering will-they-or-won't-they? In The Girl from the Sea, she has Morgan and Keltie develop a romantic relationship in a short amount of time, and readers will enjoy how they communicate with each other and grow emotionally closer. The artwork is open and accessible, and Ostertag steers away from meanness and snark, instead presenting characters who support each other in their decisions about life and love. The Girl from the Sea is a perfect summertime treat -- heartfelt and touched by magic.

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