Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman

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Hailey and Claire discover a mermaid at the bottom of the murky pool at the Capri Beach Club. On the edge of growing up, they learn that life is unpredictable, friendship is forever, and that magic can be found in the most unexpected places.

About Alice Hoffman

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Alice Hoffman is the highly acclaimed author of over twenty novels for readers of all ages, including Illumination Night, Seventh Heaven, Practical Magic, Here on Earth, The Foretelling, Incantation, and, most recently, The Story Sisters and The Red Garden. Her previous novels for Scholastic Press are Aquamarine, which was made into a major motion picture, Indigo, and Green Angel, which Publishers Weekly, in a boxed, starred review, called "achingly lovely." She lives with her family outside of Boston. Visit her at
Published April 1, 2001 by Scholastic Press. 112 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She needs to get back to saltwater, but instead she falls in love with Raymond, and the girls contrive to give her one evening with him before they have to take her back to sea.

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The demographic gap in half-human-half-sea-creature cinema between "The Little Mermaid" and "Splash" is filled rather sweetly by "Aquamarine," a combination romance and buddy film for the chapter-book set.

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Indigo builds on the mermaid theme and "deftly interweaves themes of friendship, identity and the tension between family ties and freedom that adolescence inevitably brings," wrote PW.

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Common Sense Media

Parents just have a hard time accepting the fact that all girls do is talk about boys and all boys do is talk about girls.

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No matter what best friends Hailey and Claire do, they can't stop their 12th summer from ending.

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Ken Greenleaf

Don't subject yourself to this crap, which is credited to nine writers and 12 directors, among them Farrelly, Steven Brill (the auteur behind Adam Sandler's Little Nicky ), Steve Carr ( Paul Blart: Mall Cop ), and (sigh) Brett Ratner.

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