Title: Keeper Author: Kathi Appelt
Rating: 🍩 (43/50)
Recomeneded for: Kids in grades 3rd-5th AR: 5.0 Lexile: 770
To 10-year old keeper, the moon is her chance to fix everything that has gone wrong…. and so much has gone wrong.
Good thing she knows who can make things right again: Meggie Marie, her mermaid mother who swam away into the depths of the ocean when the Keeper was just 3. A blue moon calls all the mermaids to the sandbar, and that’s exactly where Keeper is headed. In a small boat, in the middle of the night only armed with her dog BD (Best Dog) and a seagull named Captain.
But when a riptide pulls at the boat, tugging her away from the shore and into the rough waters of the Gulf of Mexico, panic sets in, and the fairy tales that lured her out into the waves. Maybe the blue moon isn’t magic and maybe the sandbar won’t sparkle with mermaids and maybe–Oh, no…”Maybe” is just to difficult to bear.
Thoughts (for when your done reading, contains spoilers)
I loved this book so much! Early on I was rooting for the characters and cared about them. The storyline wen ton smoothly and the plot was exciting.
My favorite character would definitely be Signe. Signe always did her best to give Keeper a happy and safe childhood while Meggie Marie was careless and rough with her. Remember this part?
Suddenly, Meggie Marie swam up beneath her, bumping the wooden craft with her shoulder.
“Ride the waves,” she called. She said this over and over. “Just let go, little mergirl.”
Meggie Marie laughed again, then grabbed the bowl and, with both of her hands, spun it hard then ducked beneath the waves. It felt like a mean spin, not a gentle spin. Like it was meant to scare her.
Keeper soon realizes that Signe was the best mother she could ask for. After all, Signe had always been there for her.
My favorite part was when Mr. Beauchamp held the charm in his hand, making a wish and sending a signal to his old friend Jack, who started swimming as fast as he could. I also liked it how each animal had its own little language. BD: “Woof!”. Too: “Yep, Yep, Yep!”. Captain: “C’mon, C’mon!”.
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