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The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Epic romantic fantasy adventure is poetic and violent.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Excellent read; excellent message

This YA book has some great characters, strong female leads, complexity of ideas and characters, good pacing and writing, and important themes such as abuses of power when greed overtakes and the need to integrate ones strengths, vulnerabilities and foibles to be a whole person. Finally, the natural weaving in of non-binary gender realities- without gender identity being the focus of the book- is extremely refreshing and even ground breaking. There is a good deal of alcohol consumption, given that there are many pirates on board. But alcohol Use is by no means condoned.

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Great messages
Great role models
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This debut novel by Maggie Tokuda-Hall is epic, poetic, beautiful, romantic, adventurous, ruthless, dangerous, even murderous. Definitely not for kids. Tokuda-Hall's solid, rhythmic, sometimes lyrical writing lifts The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea beyond a rip-snorting, piratical adventure into a moving story about change, love, loss, recovery, and more. Teens especially will relate to Flora and Evelyn as they navigate all kinds of transitions, both physical and spiritual, from child to adult, from naivete to knowing, from innocent to guilty, from girl to man.

The intriguing, well-paced story keeps the pages turning. So does the colorful cast of characters, both good and bad, as they navigate a rich, vast, and vividly imagined world. Violence and adult themes make it best for high schoolers and up.

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