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Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary with some fantasy mixed in
Release Date: 5/4/2010
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About the Book: Keeper is out in a boat on a blue moon night hoping to find her mermaid mother. You see, Keeper needs her mermaid mother's help. The perfect blue moon day has gone terribly wrong and Keeper needs to right all the wrongs that happened. So she sets out to find the mermaid mother that left her seven years ago. With BD (Best Dog) and Captain (a seagull), Keeper travels into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. But will she find what she's looking for? Will the terrible day be fixed? And can magic really save the day?
GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: Keeper is a quite beautifully written and lyrical book. Although the book comes in at 400 pages, the chapters are short and the pages read quickly, so the book never feels too daunting.
The plot jumps around from present day to past and from this evening to earlier that morning. We slowly see Keeper's story unfold and see what went so terribly wrong on her blue moon day to make Keeper end up in a boat in the middle of the night. Not only do we get Keeper's story, but we are introduced to a cast of surrounding characters-from humans to animals-and we get to know their stories as well. There are three main stories that connect together as one and it's not just the humans that help tell these stories but their animals as well, which I thought gave the book a unique touch. (Now if you know me, you know I'm always nervous to read books with animals, but I can give Keeper my stamp of approval for animal lovers!)
Although the book is marketed to tweens, the writing and the story feels a bit more advanced, so I think Keeper would make a perfect book to hand those advanced tweens who complain that children's books are "too easy." There's also something about this book with the lyrical writing that begs to be read aloud.
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.
Book Pairings: I think Keeper would pair nicely with Savvy by Ingrid Law (another contemporary book with magic), or Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord