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Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Maturing gumshoe is good model for tween girls.

Movie NR 2008 91 minutes
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Tween fans of this spunky young gumshoe will find plenty more to like in THE MYTH OF THE MERMAID, the latest installment of the TV movie series based on the books by Tracey West. Roxy is at her precocious best, always on the lookout for adventure and willing to meet challenges head-on. Tweens -- particularly girls -- will be thoroughly entertained by this story, which combines mythical lore, evil plots, suspenseful twists, and heroic efforts by Roxy and Max to once again upstage the adults around them.

Even better than its entertainment value is the fact that the movie presents its tween audience with a quality female lead in Roxy. She's still prone to breaking rules when they don't suit her (like skipping school to investigate a mystery), and parents may take issue with her ability to wear down adults' resolve by pestering them until they cave in to her requests. But it's her self-confidence, determination, and resourcefulness that tweens will remember at the movie's end. Need another reason to like her? This isn't a character whose face is splashed across every department store wall, so there's not a hint of merchandising in the movie or the character -- unless you count the books on which her adventures are based.

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