Sukey and the Mermaid
Sukey's new step-pa is a mean, bossy man. Every day Sukey wakes at dawn to work in the garden. All her step-pa ever does is watch her and yell if she so much as stops to fan herself. Sukey's ma calls him Mister Jones. Sukey prefers the name "Mister Hard-Times."
Son one day, Sukey runs away to her secret place by the ocean. There, she calls up Mama Jo, a beautiful black mermaid. Mama Jo's got a surprise for Sukey; a magical kingdom beneath the sea without time or pain. But it's also without people. Is it really better than the world above?
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Review: Sukey and the MermaidUser Review - Briana Nelson - Goodreads
Sukey, a young girl living in South Carolina, worked for her mother and stepfather. While her stepfather treated her poorly, she decided to run away. She finds a mermaid who soon becomes her friend ... Read full review
Review: Sukey and the MermaidUser Review - Marissa Garcia - Goodreads
I love this rare African-American mermaid tale ardently. Alive with old magic and rich illustration, this story has completely enchanted the kids I've read it to. Good to see source notes in a picture book folk/fairy tale. Read full review