Keeper by Kathi Appelt

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27 Critic Reviews

I loved Keeper for containing the topics it did, for being mature and expecting more from a child reader. For containing hints of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky(Oh frabjous day, calloo callay!). And like Lewis Carroll’s works, I loved it for being a tad dark and ominous.
-The Crowded Leaf

Synopsis

Keeper was born in the ocean, and she believes she is part mermaid. So as a ten-year-old she goes out looking for her mother—an unpredictable and uncommonly gorgeous woman who swam away when Keeper was three—and heads right for the ocean, right for the sandbar where mermaids are known to gather. But her boat is too small for the surf—and much too small for the storm that is brewing on the horizon.

Kathi Appelt follows her award-winning and New York Times bestselling novel The Underneath with this stunning, mysterious, and breathtaking tale of a girl who outgrows fairy tales just a little too late—and learns in the end that there is nothing more magical and mythical than love itself.
 

About Kathi Appelt

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Kathi Appelt is the author of the Newbery Honor-winning, National Book Award finalist, PEN USA Literary Award-winning, and bestselling The Underneath as well as the highly acclaimed novel Keeper, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, and many picture books. She is a member of the faculty at Vermont College’s Master of Fine Arts program. She has two grown children, lives in Texas with her husband, and once helped her grandma raise a baby raccoon.
 
Published May 22, 2012 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 417 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Nature & Wildlife, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Keeper
All: 27 | Positive: 23 | Negative: 4

Examiner

Excellent
Reviewed by Pamela Kramer on Feb 04 2011

There is magic aplenty in the story--just not where Keeper is expecting it.

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School Library Journal

Excellent
Reviewed by Richie on Jun 04 2010

It’s got kid appeal, amazing writing and storytelling, and a friggin’ merman.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Claudia Robinson on Oct 07 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed Keeper and the magic between its pages lasted long after I finished it; sure to be a hit among young and old alike.

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That's What She Read

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Shannon on May 14 2010

In general, Keeper is simply charming.  It solves the mystery of the worst day ever in a realistic manner, while keeping some of the mystery of the ocean alive.

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Chaotic Compendiums

Good
Reviewed by Caitlin Martin on Sep 15 2010

I very much loved this book, perhaps especially because it reminded me so strongly of one of my favorite children's books - Sam, Bangs & Moonshine by Evaline Ness. 

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Flamingnet

Good
Reviewed by Seth Cassel  on May 24 2010

A strength of Keeper is always keeping the reader puzzled. It had me guessing what would happen next, and then amazed me by doing something totally different.

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Layers of Thought

Good
Reviewed by Shellie on May 20 2010

Highly recommended reading for adults who like myth and folklore mixed with realism, and for those who read to and teach children.

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One Librarian's Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Melissa on May 10 2011

I think kids who love longer fantasy or magical realism books might like it, but it might turn off others who are looking for a little more action.

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Dog Ear

Good
Reviewed by Nicki on Oct 01 2010

With its use of repitition, with sound as well as word repitition, Appelt’s Keeper is like a song. Take the excerpt from above. The ssound slides off your tongue, a hiss fills air, and you can almost hear the gumbo cooking.

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Book News and Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Tracy on Oct 05 2011

Going into too much detail would ruin this enchanting story of family, love, and secrets—but if you enjoy vivid settings, a touch of nerve-wracking adventure, and colorful characters, this book is a rewarding, unforgettable read.

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GreenBeanTeenQueen

Good
Reviewed by GreenBeanTeenQueen on Dec 14 2010

While not a fairy tale exactly, there are some fairy tale type aspects to it, so I think readers who enjoy a bit of magic in their stories will enjoy Keeper. 

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Hope is the Word

Below average
Reviewed by Amy on May 16 2011

The bottom line about the book:  I think it’s beautifully written, but I can’t recommend it.

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Reading Nook

Good
Reviewed by Britt on May 18 2010

Appelt lets Keeper rest in this in-between world that makes you wonder if maybe there isn't a little magic surrounding us all.

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The Brain Lair

Good
Reviewed by KB on Dec 17 2010

Appelt melds the story of Keeper, the merpeople, the beasts, Dogie, Signe, and Mr. Beauchamp into one epic story that doesn't seem forced or rushed.

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There's a Book

Good
Reviewed by the1stdaughter on Jun 17 2010

I will definitely be looking into some of Appelt’s other books. For mermaid fans it’s definitely worth picking up and seeing a new take on old tales.

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Eva's Book Addiction

Good
Reviewed by Eva M on Jun 08 2010

All that circling and swooping, all those characters with their small contributions that end up making one intense story - these serve as threads that draw the reader further and further in. 

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I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read

Good
Reviewed by Kate on Apr 19 2010

There were some parts of the book that dragged on, but overall was a fun and light read.

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Great Kid Books

Good
Reviewed by MaryAnn Scheuer on Aug 19 2010

Keeper, by Kathi Appelt, is a mesmerizing, beautiful story that is one of the very best books I've read in a long time.

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The Crowded Leaf

Good
Reviewed by Alayne on May 11 2010

I loved Keeper for containing the topics it did, for being mature and expecting more from a child reader. For containing hints of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky(Oh frabjous day, calloo callay!). And like Lewis Carroll’s works, I loved it for being a tad dark and ominous.

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Audrey's Read It or Not

Below average
Reviewed by Audrey Barnett on May 21 2012

I did NOT like this book. To be honest with you, I couldn’t even finish it. The plot is weak and the details are weak.

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Confessions of a Bibliovore

Good
Reviewed by Bibliovore on May 12 2012

But it will suck you in, this book, with its magical-realism tone and deep-running emotional themes that will resonate with anybody who's ever felt the power of love, no matter where it comes from.

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The Reading Zone

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Jun 02 2010

There are portions of this book that I would pull out and share on their own, like the chapters devoted to the stingrays.  They are just that gorgeous.

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Reading Rumpus

Below average
Reviewed by Cheryl Vanatti on May 01 2010

I’m afraid this is one of those titles that adults like to tell kids to love, but that most (see that qualifier there!) children will find tedious. 

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Abby the Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Abby on Apr 20 2010

It's not going to be for everyone, but those readers who can appreciate it for what it is will find a truly special story.

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Mermaid Books

Good
Reviewed by Ms. Mermaid on Aug 20 2012

Even though this book was not full of fantasy, I still recommend reading it, because this book really ties beautifully together at the end and I really enjoyed it. 

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Girl to the Rescue

Good
Reviewed by Girltotherescue on Jun 16 2012

Appelt’s writing shines here, just as it did in The Underneath, as she tells a story that is nothing like anything else that has been told before. 

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Lindy Reads and Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Lindy on Jan 16 2011

The story has a timeless feel; contemporary and yet touched by the magic of fables.

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