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. Volume XI Number 9 . . . .January 7, 2005
Kallie and Danya are twins, but they are very unalike. Kallie is a dreamer and a believer in magic and mermaids; level-headed and practical Danya is quite convinced that no such thing as a mermaid could ever exist. But when Kallie is approached by Brin, a mermaid, who tells her that the undersea Kingdom is in desperate trouble, she works very hard at convincing Danya that they must go to help the merpeople. Danya is dragged reluctantly into the adventure. When the twins enter the magic kingdom of Ayralon, they are both transformed into mermaids. To their astonishment, they learn that they are the children of a merman and were actually born in Ayralon. They are the only ones who can recover The Jewel of Life which has been stolen from the merpeople by an unscrupulous human, Henry Craddock. Without their Jewel, the merpeople will gradually fade away and die. Kallie and Danya are helped in their quest by their Aunt Mattie, who is a witch. After many adventures, the Jewel is recovered and returned, and everyone lives happily ever after, a great ending to a great story.
This story is wonderfully captivating, making for very enjoyable reading. The twins are both very believable as humans and very enchanting as mermaids. The book has everything to engage the interest of a young girl--mermaids, twins, adventures, dolphins, magic and villains. It is a perfect fantasy.
Vicki Blum is a Canadian writer who has also written a best selling series about unicorns.
Red Rock, ON's Luella Sumner is a retired librarian.
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