Author: Josephine Cameron
Genre: Middle Grade
Pub Date: March 26, 2019
Publisher: Farrah Straus Giroux, Books for Young Readers
Rating: 🧜♀️ 🧜♀️ 🧜♀️ 🧜♀️ 🧜♀️
Eleven-year-old Anthoni Gillis is not the kind of kid who believes in fairies, unicorns, or even the word “maybe.” She’s more of a comic-books girl. So when her mom brings her to Thunder Lake for a summer at the Showboat Resort, she doesn’t believe the local rumors about the Boulay Mermaid.
Anthoni has bigger fish to fry. She’s always wanted a True Blue Friend. But it’s been hard to find one, since for the past five years she’s been bouncing from town to town, helping her mother sell Beauty & the Bee cosmetic products to keep them both afloat. This summer will be different, though. Anthoni has a plan―a foolproof checklist for making lifelong friends! There won’t be any maybes this time.
But as she grows entangled in local gossip, and her mother stretches the truth, Anthoni must decide if she’ll “stick to the plan,” like always, or dive into a summer full of extraordinary possibilities.
Josephine Cameron’s energetic and heartfelt debut raises timeless questions about truth, lies, and the hope that grows between them.
I read this book on a rainy day over a Memorial Weekend camping trip with my family, and it was the best book I could have read!
The story is about an 11 yr old girl and her mother struggling to make it in the world. Despite having goals, lists and a 5 year plan, sometimes life just doesn’t go your way. The two have a few setbacks and instead of having the summer vacation they hoped for, they are forced to settle for a stay at a rundown, resort that has seen better days.
I loved the main character Anthoni and her mother and found myself really cheering for them. Over her time at the lake Anthoni learns about true-blue friendship and that sometimes it’s ok to change the plan.
I had to see how their summer at Thunder Lake ended up, plus who doesn’t love the possibility of…Maybe A Mermaid?!
What a great summer read! I didn’t want it to end! 🧜♀️ I can’t wait to read Cameron’s next!
Josephine Cameron grew up writing and singing in Northern Wisconsin but currently lives in Maine, where she writes fiction for young readers and teaches music and songwriting to K-8 students. Josephine received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame. Her song “Long Track Blues” was included in the New York Times Bestseller “Hip Hop Speaks to Children,” a book/CD set edited by Nikki Giovanni. Her debut novel, Maybe a Mermaid, will be published March 26, 2019 by Farrar Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers (Macmillan).
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