The Islander by DK Publishing

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The year he is ten, Daniel Jennings meets a mermaid. With a single word, she opens the world for him, though he must puzzle out her meaning over another ten years on the wind-scoured coast of Coquille, the Pacific Northwest island upon which Daniel lives with his grandfather. They are a quiet pair, islands themselves. Daniel, for instance, never tells his grandfather about the key that a sea otter brings to him after the mermaid slips away. The boy wears the key on a string around his neck and soon learns its miraculous powers for saving life. His grandfather never tells him of a girl whose name Daniel knows -- but does not recognize until after the old man can tell him nothing. Daniel's is a story of marvelous happenings, told in the rapt and measured voice of a young man for the first time finding peace after tumult, pattern beneath life's apparent imbalance.
 

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Cynthia Rylant was born on June 6, 1954 in Hopewell, Virginia. She attended and received degrees at Morris Harvey College, Marshall University, and Kent State University. Rylant worked as an English professor and at the children's department of a public library, where she first discovered her love of children's literature. She has written more than 100 children's books in English and Spanish, including works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Her novel Missing May won the 1993 Newbery Medal and A Fine White Dust was a 1987 Newbery Honor book. Rylant wrote A Kindness, Soda Jerk, and A Couple of Kooks and Other Stories, which were named as Best Book for Young Adults. When I was Young in the Mountains and The Relatives Came won the Caldecott Award. She has many popular picture books series, including Henry and Mudge, Mr. Putter and Tabby and High-Rise Private Eyes.
 
Published March 15, 1998 by DK CHILDREN. 112 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, History.

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But when he attempts to share this climactic meeting with his grandfather, he finds himself even more isolated (""I knew that my grandfather believed I was not well, that my mind was not well, and that the loss of my parents and the loneliness of living with him had made me so"").

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