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Aquamarine (Water Tales #1)

3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  3,573 ratings  ·  311 reviews
Hailey and Claire are spending their last summer together when they discover something at the bottom of the murky pool at the Capri Beach Club. There in the depths is a mysterious and beautiful creature with a sharp tongue and a broken heart: a mermaid named Aquamarine who has left her six sisters to search for love on land. Now, as this mythological yet very real being st ...more
Paperback, 104 pages
Published 2003 by Egmont (first published March 1st 1997)
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Monica!
My book club is going to be reading Practical Magic this month, and it came to me as I was waiting for my library hold to be filled that I am not particularly familiar with Alice Hoffman’s work. My experience with her novels consists a) of me maybe reading Green Angel at one time, although I don’t remember the plot at all, but isn’t that the one where her whole family dies and she covers herself in tattoos? and b) of me watching every single woman over the age of 35 request a copy of The Dovekee ...more
Heidi Garrett
I love Alice Hoffman's books, so I was very excited to read the first of her Water Tales. This is a short & sweet read about friendship and mermaids. It's for pretty young readers, but if you want a sliver of Hoffman's writing, or you want a very quick, fun read, and you love mermaids, I recommend this. Hoffman has her own style of writing. As a writer entranced by her storytelling abilities, I've been trying to understand how she weaves her narrative magic for years:D (It's true!) This smal ...more
Kimberly
Mar 12, 2008 Kimberly rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: tween to teen girls
I got this with Indigo by Alice Hoffman at the elementary school book fair for $2. Loving other Alice Hoffman books, I grabbed this without a second thought. It is meant for a younger audience, which I didn't realize at first. It is well written for younger girls to whom friendship and love mean everything. As an adult, I didn't find it a wonderful, thought provoking story. It was a very quick read, and not entirely boring either though.
Angela
I had just finished reading Bridge To Teribithia by Katherine Paterson, and, on a whim/book-induced high, I picked up my copy of Aquamarine that I had bought in 2006 as a young girl. I had never read it before today. Well, that was a mistake. It was, quite honestly, a waste of time.

Things that truly bothered me:
- this book.
- the characters.
- the plot.

Alright, the book as a whole was just plain bad. The plot and the characters made it painful to read. It was just awful. As far as I can tell, ther
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Alena
I'm not really sure what I expected this book to develop into, but I was still disappointed in the result.

The "main" two girls are flat. There's the brave one and the scared, smart one. How innovative.

Next there's the dreamboat snack shack guy. He's attractive, likes to read, and going to college soon. Okay.

Annnnd then there's the mermaid. She's rude, selfish, and greedy. I was at least expecting her to develop a little throughout the book, perhaps learn a little humility, or that sometimes you
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Aquamarine Review by Ali Inzunza

Alice Hoffman

Aqua, a mermaid who has the ability to turn into a human, has struggled trying to fit in like the rest of us. The author Alice Hoffman expresses the trials and tribulations that one has to go through to find true love. Along the timeline of this book, Aquamarine finds herself having to choose between love and friendship. She creates enemies, and lifelong friends. This adventurous, tear jerking story was published in 2001. Its genre falls along the li
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Elle Temu
Why I decided to read this book?
I decided to read Aquamarine because I have watched the movie and thoroughly enjoyed it so I decided to read the book. When I found the book I couldn't wait to read it and it wasn't a very long story so I read it quite quickly.

What category on the bingo board this book completes?
Aquamarine completes the fantasy book on the bingo board. I enjoy reading fantasy stories and this story was about Mermaids so it was very interesting to read and find out more things ab
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Georgia Rose
Aquamarine.

Why I Decided to Read This Book:
I chose to read this book because I loved the movie and I thought is would be a good category to read and learn more about etc. It was also recommended to me.

Which category on the bingo board does this book complete:
A science fiction or fantasy novel. (Mermaids)

My comment on the category's:
I really enjoyed this book, I loved it having mythological creatures - mermaids and I liked having that kind of aspect to it. I fond that the book was a bit childish
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Julie
Apr 10, 2008 Julie rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Julie by: read it because I'd watched the movie
Ok, on its own, this book is okay. It's very short, but the story has interesting subject matter; it just seems like there's not much to it.

Then again, I watched the movie first, and that may have made a LOT of difference. Despite its intended audience being, oh, let's say the 10-14 set, I really enjoyed it. So imagine my surprise when I get the book out of the library, and the only things that are the same are:

1) There are two girls, Hailey and Claire, one of whom is being forced to move away.
2
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Edward Creter
I feel mean-spirited, not meaning anything but I have things to address:
4000 BC: The world's first sea adventure! Noah carries family and other animals across a waterworld to land on Mt. Ararat. God makes covenant to never drown the world again. He will break promise 1000000 times.
2000 BC: Fish pukes Jonah onto Nineveh Beach. Jonah does not taste good. Oh, well, there's always other fish.
1700s Europe: Hans Christian Andersen writes The Little Mermaid, gibing half-fish women with naked boobs the
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Sally Balboa
This novel had something to offer young children, somewhere between 8 and 13. It did not dazzle me but I'll stock that up to I'm not the right age and have read other and better Alice Hoffman novels.

Aquamarine mostly takes place in a swimming pool after a horrible storm that leaves a own in mild chaos, a stranded mermaid is in the swimming pool. Young girls find her in the pool, and soon after find out that she's fallen in love with a man who works at the pool. The girls become determined to br
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Julie Decker
Everything is coming to an end for Hailey and Claire. Not only is Claire going to move away to Florida, but the Capri Beach Club--to which they have sentimental attachment--is getting torn down. But one day, they discover a mermaid named Aquamarine in the club pool, and they have to hatch a scheme to get her back to the ocean since she can't live for long in chlorinated water. But when the mermaid herself doesn't want to go because she's in love with the snack bar boy, the girls have to figure o ...more
Stephanie
Hailey and Claire have been friends forever. They are heartbroken that they will no longer be together because Claire is moving away when summer ends. The girls spend every day going to the beach club that they've always gone to, trying to make the days last. This isn't easy, as the summer seems to be slipping away faster the more they try to hold onto it. The beach club is falling apart and being torn down, which makes their impending separation seem that much harder. As the end of summer draws ...more
Renee Staude
This book was about two best friends, Hailey and Claire who are coming to an end for their last summer together because Claire is moving half way around the world. One night, a storm rolled in and the pool outside the beach house was washed up by the giant waves from the ocean just a few yards away. The morning after the storm, the two girls went out to the pool to see the damage and they find a new friend secretly in the pool that they only know about. At was a mermaid named Aquamarine (Aqua) w ...more
Shannon Porter
I first saw this book on Scholastic's list of fantasy books for grades 3-5. When I saw Aquamarine it caught my attention because I have seen the movie. I always enjoy reading book and watching the movies to find the differences between the two.

Aquamarine is about two friends, Hailey and Claire, who spend their summers together at the Capri Beach Club. One day while swimming, they find something at the bottom of the pool. They discover that this "something" is really a mermaid name Aquamarine! T
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Caitlin Harmon
Alice Hoffman has written a tale of enchantment. A lesson on how to say goodbye and how to hold on to those you love best.

Hailey and Claire are spending their last summer together when they discover something at the bottom of the murky pool at the Capri Beach Club. There in the depths of the pool is a mysterious and beautiful creature with a broken heart. Its a mermaid named Aquamarine who has left her six sisters to search for love on land. As this mythological being starts to fade in the burn
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Mareena
Apr 21, 2014 Mareena rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy
Recommended to Mareena by: Bookmooch
Best friends Hailey and Claire are spending their last summer together before Claire moves to Florida with her grandparents. The Capri Beach Club has been the scene of so many memories for the girls, but this summer is especially bittersweet for them. Then, the morning after an awful storm, Hailey and Claire discover something unusual in the murky water at the bottom of the pool. There in the depths is a mysterious creature with a sharp tongue and a broken heart: a mermaid named Aquamarine has b ...more
Sherry
I don't get why so many people didn't like this book! The first time I read this, I was in first grade, and I fell in love with it immediately. Now (as in today) I am 16, I read it whenever I get really really bored, and guess what? I still enjoy reading this book! Maybe because it's nostalgic and stuff, but I just love everything about this book. The setting, the imagery, the beachy-ness, I just love it. I guess if you like going to the beach as much as I do, you'll enjoy the book.
Allayyah Bush
Aquamarine was A VERY quick read! I would usually say that the movies are never as good as the books but with this story the movie was definetely better. But that doesnt mean I dont think that this book was awesome. It was very cool it just went by soooo FAST!! I love MERMAIDS so therefore of course i love AQUAMARINE!!!
Anastacia
Hailey and Claire are spending their last summer together when they discover something at the bottom of the pool at the Capri Beach Club. Its a mysterious and beautiful creature with a broken heart..a mermaid named Aquamarine! Who escaped from home to find true love on land. A rescue has begun and on the edge of growing up Hailey and Claire have discovered that life can take you on a crazy adventure, friendship is forever and "magic" can be found in the most unexpected places.

I would recommend t
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Lindsay Cummings
I read this like 10 years ago in middle school, and I thought it was the CUTEST book ever! I loved it! :)
Katie  Timmer
I think if I had to recommend this book at all, it would be to 2nd graders. Since I am older than a 2nd grader, I found this book dull and slow. I'd like to know how they made a movie out of this. Which, is the reason I picked this book up in the first place: the movie. While I have never seen this movie(and won't. It's now on my "I WON'T WATCH THIS IF MY LIFE DEPENDED ON IT" list with "Sharknado".), I had heard of it, and the cover looked interesting(NEVER JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER!!!!), so I p ...more
cheyenne
This book about a 2 girls that want to have the summer of there lives because one of them are moving and they cant have the fun they want because the keep having really bad tornados and to much rain comes in. the finally find something huge that happens during the summer they meet somebody new and she is no normal human.
text-to-self well one of the characters is very affraid of water( pools, lakes, pounds, & the ocean) becaues her parents died because they were in water i can really relate
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David Brown
Nov 07, 2009 David Brown rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to David by: no one
Rarely do I believe a movie is better than the book it's based on. However, I found this to be the case with the book Aquamarine, and the movie isn't that great either. I'm a fan of Alice Hoffman, but Aquamarine and Indigo (in the edition I read, both were included) are not very good.

The characters in Aquamarine have no depth, much like the story. Two girls who are life long friends discover a mermaid, said mermaid falls in love just at the sight of a bookish guy who works at the empty snack ba
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Taralen
I remember having this book for a long time but I never remembered what it was about. I decided to read it thoroughly and discovered a genuinely cute story. Although it is far from amazing, Aquamarine holds true to its moral lessons of friendship and hope. Instead of being a messy teen infested drama, like its movie counterpart, it holds itself up by being a simple story with a lot of depth. Some say that the book is boring because of its lack of details. I personally believe that its lack of sa ...more
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Aquamarine is a coming of age, magical tale about two 12 year old best friends about to be parted at the summer’s end. Claire and Hailey have lived next door one another all their lives. Claire’s family is about to move away to Florida at the end of the summer. The two girls hang out at Capri Beach Club, a neglected and shabby place about to bulldozed at the end of the summer.



Despite the girls’ fear of change, the clock is ticking and summer is rapidly coming to an end. Then one morning, after
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Olgaod96
One summer afternoon, a storm comes in blowing everything around that wasn't nailed to the ground. 12-year-olds Hailey and Claire are spending their last summer together. The storm blows in a spoiled, 16-year-old mermaid with glistening scales and piercing blue eyes. Her name is Aquamarine. When Hailey and Claire discover her, they realize that mermaids aren't as nice as they seem in fairy tales. They try to find out what Aquamarine wants, so that she could go back to the ocean, so that she woul ...more
Lori
Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman is an enchanting tale written for children between the ages of nine to twelve. After reading the story I think that it is best suited for the lower end of that range as it maybe boring for the older twelve year old.
Claire and Hailey are best friends who have always lived next to each other. They are especially close this summer because it is their last together, Claire is moving to Florida. Their favorite spot, the Capri Beach Club, is also closing at the end of the
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Natalie
Jan 22, 2012 Natalie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Younger girls, mermaid obsessers
The book's plot is mind-numbingly simple, with as many plot gaps as Swiss cheese: Two BFFs, Claire and Hailey, are spending their last summer together before they go separate ways. One day, they run into a beautiful mermaid washed up from a storm in the pool. While they try to coax her into returning to the sea, she refuses, having fallen for the "incredibly hot" lifeguard with the suave name Raymond. They finally convince her by promising one date with him before returning to the ocean for her ...more
Milena Hovhannisyan
I did not know what book to get so I asked my friend and she recommended me this book and told me that it is a very good book and that I will like it. The plot of this book is that there were two best friends Claire, and Hailey. They lived right next to each other in front of the beach. One of the friends Claire was moving to Florida in a month so they had to make this month the best time that they will have together. A few days later there was a storm and it was very windy outside and cold so t ...more
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Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. After graduating from high school in 1969, she attended Adelphi University, from which she received a BA, and then received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she attended in 1973 and 74, receiving an MA in creative writing. She currently lives in Boston and New York ...more
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