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Aquamarine (Water Tales #1)

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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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Jubilation Lee
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
”She dreams of the ocean late at night and longs for the wild sea air.”

Setting:Capri Beach Club (state not specified); 2001

Cover Thoughts?:MER- MAID! In the shadows! But it’s kind of boring. I like my mermaids to be sparkly and bright instead of dark and in the shadows.

”Both Hailey and Claire had the feeling that something was about to happen, in spite of how much they wanted their lives to remain the same.”

Hailey and Claire have been best friends since birth. They’ve done everything t
Mar 12, 2008 Kimberly rated it it was ok
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.
Heidi Garrett
Jan 19, 2014 Heidi Garrett rated it really liked it
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
May 18, 2015 KAYLENE Sprager rated it really liked it
My thoughts about reading this book was that it is a very good book. I liked it because it is fiction. It is a cool story about a mermaid, and how she got lost and fell in love with a human, and became friends with Chloe and Hailey. The two girls want to help her get back home, but Aquamarine doesn't want to go back home until she meets Raymond. I liked this book a lot. It is kind of a kids book, but it's fun.

It was about a mermaid and how she got washed up on shore and wakes up in a pool. She
Apr 07, 2015 Annika rated it liked it
This was a sweet adaptation type book with pictures. It's obviously better for kids. I loved this movie, so I thought I would love the book. I enjoyed it, but it was very short and a bit three stars.

Content: G- practically nothing inappropriate, I think there might have been one kiss.
Lindsay Cummings
Feb 18, 2012 Lindsay Cummings rated it it was amazing
I read this like 10 years ago in middle school, and I thought it was the CUTEST book ever! I loved it! :)
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
May 22, 2013 Alena rated it did not like it
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
Ali Inzunza

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
Elle Temu
Sep 09, 2013 Elle Temu rated it liked it
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
Mar 21, 2016 Julie rated it did not like it
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.
Best friends Hailey & Claire find themselves faced with the terrible news that this will be their last summer together due to Claire's family moving away. They decide to spend every day together at the beach club in hopes that the summer won't come to an end. But slowly, the summer is fading. Then a terrible storm washes up a lost mermaid & the two girls find themselves faced with trying to save their new friend & in the process discovering new found strengths in themselves that they ...more
Maritza Arteaga
Simple mermaid story.
+Themes: Friendship, long distance friendship.
-bland characters
-It was plain. There's potential interest and then you realize the story is finished. I would've liked more adventure and more development within the story and characters as well.
Jun 01, 2016 Melanie rated it it was amazing
This book is about two girls hayley and claire who spend everyday of their summer at the capri beach club. Then hayley finds out that she is moving to florida on the last day of summer and this is the girls last few days together. Then on one of the last days before summer ends there is a very bad storm and the capri gets ruined and the pool got shut down and claire said that she had to go in and see what was in there and as she dove into the pool she saw a mermaid hiding in the bottom corner of ...more
Jennifer Martelon
Apr 20, 2016 Jennifer Martelon rated it really liked it
Title: Aquamarine
Author: Alice Hoffman
Illustrator: (if different than author)
Genre: Fantasy
Theme(s): Mythical Creatures, Summer, Friendship, Romantic Relationships
Opening line/sentence: "At the Capri Beach Club, every day was hotter and hotter until the asphalt in the parking lot began to bubble."
Brief Book Summary: Two friends Hailey and Claire are spending the summer together they would share together since Claire is moving. They come across something strange at the bottom of the pool at the B
A novella length story about friendship and love. A frienship of two girls who would be separated because one of them would move to California. And a love of a mermaid to a human being which absolutelly impossible. After a summer hard rain and storm, a mermaid named Aquamarine stranded into a swimming pool of a beach club. Two bestfriends, Claire and Hayley, accidentally found her when they tried to make memories about the club which would be closed because the lack of visitors. Aquamarine confe ...more
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
Sally Balboa
Aug 28, 2014 Sally Balboa rated it really liked it
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
Julie Decker
Aug 09, 2014 Julie Decker rated it it was ok
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
Jul 12, 2014 Stephanie rated it liked it
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
Apr 08, 2014 Renee Staude rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 16, 2014 Shannon Porter rated it really liked it
Shelves: porter-3-5
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
Caitlin Harmon
Feb 14, 2014 Caitlin Harmon rated it really liked it
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
Barbara M
Jan 29, 2016 Barbara M rated it liked it
I like Alice Hoffman's writing but I think I'm just not young enough for this story. I do like young adult literature but this feels younger than that even. It's a cute story. Two girls who have been neighbors their whole lives are about to be separated by many miles and this is their last summer together. One girl is much stronger in personality and daring than the other who has lost her parents and is moving to Florida with her grandparents.

In addition to facing this separation, the girls will
Apr 21, 2014 Mareena rated it really liked it  ·  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
May 22, 2012 Sherry rated it it was amazing
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.
May 11, 2015 Sunny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Alice Hoffman
Summary: This book was about two best friends who are just about to be separated by one moving away to another state,They are Claire and Hailey.One summer day one of the last days of their summer together Claire and Hailey found a mermaid at the bottom of the pool where once people loved swimming and spending time together, now felled with dirty water from the rains. The mermaid was called Aquamarine and she had ecaped from home, because she wanted to be inde
Breanna Doepping
Nov 06, 2015 Breanna Doepping rated it did not like it
I think this book was okay for a young kid/teen. It was very cheesy and had no plot throughout. Aquamarine fell in love with Raymond only two times after they met, so it is one of those love stories. This story is about 2 girls, Claire and Haley they are on school break and they work at a shop. The waters were hallow and they found a mermaid, Aquamarine. Both the girls introduced Aqua and Raymond together and they fell in love. Then Raymond had to move out of state and Aqua got upset. SPOILER... ...more
Tiana B
Nov 08, 2015 Tiana B added it
Shelves: fall-2015
Alice Hoffman
The book, Aquamarine, that I read is a great book that I read and really like.
The book is about 2 best friends, Claire and Hailey, who are trying to make the best of their last summer together before Claire moves to Florida. For years, every day, Claire and Hailey would go down to the caprei everyday. Every summer that they would go to the capri, the capri would get more and more run down. After years of going there soon enough Claire and Hailey were the only ones left who
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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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