Ever-drawn to the ocean, Lena wants to learn to surf with her friends. But her father forbids it, reminding her of his near-drowning as a championship surfer years ago, and her stepmom agrees with him. If only her mother were still alive to take Lena’s side in this argument…
Walking on the beach is comforting, something Lena does every day, sometimes every night, watching for otters and seals in the waves. Hmm… that’s not a seal – it’s a woman, far out in the cove, but she’s swimming just fine (at midnight?).
As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Lena is sure that she’s strong enough to master the board and begins surfing lessons in secret. And again in the waves she sees the woman, the mermaid, and the lure of the sea becomes irresistible to Lena, who must be in the saltwater more and more each day.
Is the mermaid calling to Lena? What’s Dad hiding about his surfing accident? Why is Gran suddenly worried about getting Lena’s blood tested? Why does Lena feel compelled to surf the monster waves at Magic Crescent Cove, where Dad crashed and Mom disappeared?
A fascinating tale of the everyday and the paranormal, of the unbreakable bonds between sea and shore, of discovering who you are. 308 pages
Recommended by: Katy Manck, Librarian-at-Large (retired academic/corporate/school librarian), Gilmer, Texas, USA