The Merman by Dick King-Smith

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While vacationing in Scotland, Zeta encounters a rather unusual fellow. He's a terrific swimmer. He chats with seals. And he has a fishtail.

Zeta meets a merman.

With his gleaming, silvery scales, Marinus is definitely not you average summer friend. Who else could show Zeta how to swim, take her for a dip with some basking sharks and painlessly teach her everything from astronomy to French? So, while her parents try to figure out why she now refuses to eat mackerel, Zeta has the adventure of her life. And as her summer ends, Zeta knows she'll miss Marinus terribly.

Luckily, Marinus has one last surprise in store for Zeta -- one that will last a lifetime...

With good humor, charm, and a splash of magic, The Merman is the tale of a fantastic friendship by the author of Babe: The Gallant Pig, Dick King-Smith.

About Dick King-Smith

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After 20 years as a farmer, Dick King-Smith turned to teaching and then to writing. He is now the author of dozens of novels for children, including Babe: The Gallant Pig.
Published August 31, 1999 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 102 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On her 10th birthday, a lonely girl on vacation in Scotland has a chance meeting with a merman, and their friendship leaves a lasting impression.

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Leatra finds a merman named Delmarius who agrees to give her a kiss but Leatra soon finds out there are far more consequences behind the kiss she has long wanted.

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