Keeper

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Atheneum Books for Young Readers, May 18, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 399 pages
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To ten-year-old Keeper, this moon is her chance to fix all that has gone wrong...and so much has gone wrong. But she knows who can make things right again: Meggie Marie, her mermaid mother who swam away when Keeper was just three. A blue moon calls the mermaids to gather at the sandbar, and that's exactly where she is headed -- in a small boat, in the middle of the night, with only her dog, BD (Best Dog), and a seagull named Captain.

When the riptide pulls at the boat, tugging her away from the shore and deep into the rough waters of the Gulf of Mexico, panic sets in, and the fairy tales that lured her out there go tumbling into the waves. Maybe the blue moon isn't magic and maybe the sandbar won't sparkle with mermaids and maybe -- Oh, no..."Maybe" is just too difficult to bear. Kathi Appelt follows up to her New York Times bestseller, The Underneath, with a tale that will pull right at your very core -- stronger than moon currents -- capturing the crash and echo of the waves and the dark magic of the ocean.

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User Review  - alovett - LibraryThing

Appelt, Kathi. Illustrated by August Hall. Keeper. 2010. 399 pp. $16.99. Atheneum. 978-1-41695-060-8. Ages 9-13. Keeper’s small world consists of the human and animal inhabitants of the three houses ... Read full review

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User Review  - FrancescaForrest - LibraryThing

I was very much looking forward to reading this book, and it was as wonderful as I had hoped it would be, though not in the way I expected. I knew it was going to be a story with small events and ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Kathi Appelt, at the age of seven, stumbled and fell into an alligator pit in San Antonio, Texas, a place where there should be no alligators or alligator pits. Fortunately she was a lot bigger than the alligator, who was more scared of her than she was of it!

She is a member of the faculty at Vermont College's Master of Fine Arts program and occasionally teaches creative writing at Texas A&M University. She has two grown children, and lives in Texas with her husband and four cats. Her debut novel, The Underneath, was a National Book Award finalist and a Newbery Honor book.  

August Hall has brought his creative talent to both Pixar and Dreamworks. He lives in Hollywood, California.

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