Book received from Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Atheneum (May 18, 2010)
To ten-year-old Keeper the moon is her chance to fix all that has gone wrong ... and so much has gone wrong.Review
But she knows who can make things right again: Maggie Marie, her mermaid mother, who swam away when Keeper was just three. A blue moon calls the mermaids to gather at the sandbar, and that's exactly where Keeper is headed - in a small boat. In the middle of the night, with only her dog, BD (Best Dog), and seagull named Captain. When the riptide pulls at the boat, tugging her away from the shore and deep into the rough waters of the Gulf of mexico, panic sets in and the fairy tales that lured her out there go tumbling into the waves. Maybe the blue moon won't sparkle with mermaids and maybe - Oh, no ... "Maybe" is just to difficult to bear. (Source)
KEEPER, by Kathi Appelt, was a creative and intriguing journey of a ten-year old in search of her past. Keeper was convinced that her mother was a mermaid and that she could help Keeper salvage what was left of the special "Blue Moon" night.
I thought this was a fun and amusing book. All of the characters were delightful, especially being seen from a ten-year old's eyes. Keeper was such a great character with an amazing heart and passion for the fantasy world she desperately holds onto. Even the animal characters had their special qualities about them. BD was one of my favorite non-human characters, he was so loyal to Keeper and her imagination. I think any reader will fall in love with these characters from the get-go.
I liked the progression that Keeper went through in regard to understanding the truth from fantasy. She desperately wanted something out of reach, she did not see that everything she needed and could ever want was right in front of her.
I really liked the cover of this book. It was very artistic and beautiful. And the illustrations (by August Hall) were stunning. Both the cover and pictures really added to the uniqueness of this book.
There were some parts of the book that dragged on, but overall was a fun and light read.
You can visit Kathi Appelt's website HERE