The Merman

The Merman

Book - 2015
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In a small town on the west coast of Sweden, Nella defends her brother Robert from bullies and, when she reaches out for help from her friend Tommy, learns the secret behind his brothers' mysterious behavior.
Published: New York :, Pegasus Books,, 2015.
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781605989129
Branch Call Number: F VAL
Characteristics: 232 pages ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Flynn, Ellen - Translator


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vicano Sep 15, 2016

Like the description above says, This book is seriously not for the faint of heart. I just couldn't get through it. From a kitten being set on fire to the sound of minks screaming as they're gassed to death, this book was more disturbing that I could deal with. This is not mentioning the horrific violence/abuse done to the human characters which I found easier to deal with but not something I'd give a 15 year old to read.

ChristchurchLib Feb 16, 2016

Bullied at school and abused at home, 15-year-old Nella turns to her only friend, fisherman's son Tommy, for help protecting her disabled younger brother, Robert. But Tommy has problems of his own: his smuggler siblings have caught a merman in their fishing nets and are currently keeping the creature confined to a seaside shack. Nella recognizes her own plight in the merman's situation: both are desperate to escape the cruelty and violence that surrounds them, even though freedom comes at a high cost. Set in a coastal community in Sweden, this dark, haunting contemporary fairy tale may appeal to readers who enjoyed S.M. Wheeler's Sea Change, about a lonely, neglected girl and a kraken.


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