In the Palace of the Ocean King by Marilyn Singer

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When Marianna meets Sylvain, he tells her a peculiar story of a merman rescued and a debt to be repaid. Marianna and Sylvain fall in love, but soon after, Sylvain is lost at sea and it is the merman who tells Marianna what she must do to find him. Beautiful watercolors render an eerie, enchanting underwater world.
 

About Marilyn Singer

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Marilyn Singer was born in the Bronx, New York, on October 3, 1948, and lived most of her early life in North Massapequa on Long Island. She attended Queens College, City University of New York as an English major and education student, and for her junior year, attended Reading University, in England. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Queens and a MA in Communications from New York University. Marilyn Singer had been teaching English in New York City high schools for several years when she began writing in 1974. Initially, she wrote film notes, catalogues, teacher's guides and filmstrips. She also began looking into magazine writing. Her article proposals were not very successful, but she did manage to have some of her poetry published. Then one day she penned a story featuring talking insects she'd made up when she was eight. Encouraged by the responses she got, she wrote more stories and in 1976 her first book, The Dog Who Insisted He Wasn't, was published. Since then, Marilyn has published more than 50 books for children and young adults. In addition to a rich collection of fiction picture books, Singer has also produced a wide variety of nonfiction works for young readers as well as several poetry volumes in picture book format. Additionally, Singer has edited volumes of short stories for young adult readers, including Stay True: Short Stories for Strong Girls and I Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion. Ted Rand was the acclaimed illustrator of more than 70 picture books, including, for Clarion, The Memory String and Secret Place by Eve Bunting and Ice Palace by Deborah Blumenthal. He died in 2005 at his home in Mercer Island, Washington.
 
Published April 1, 1995 by Atheneum. 40 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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A versatile and prolific author of picture books (The Maiden on the Moor, reviewed below) as well as fantasy novels (Horsemaster), Singer meshes elements of these two genres in this overly elaborate t

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The tale, only half-told, fills her with dread, and soon enough she realizes that she has a role to play in determining its conclusion: in love with Sylvain, she is called upon to rescue him when he is taken captive and condemned to an eternity of ""moving in the circles of a slow and endless wal...

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