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Keeper by Kathi Appelt
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Oct 16, 11

Read in October, 2011

When I first started reading Keeper, I thought this was going to be a fantasy book. Hardcore fantasy with a whole world like Atlantis or something. But...it's honestly a story about a 10 year old girl, who believes her mother is a mermaid, and therefore, when the worst day of her young life happens...she goes to look at her. This will not have repercussions of course...she has the perfect plan! Which she memorizes to be sure nothing goes wrong. This includes--sneaking out into a row boat onto a sandbar where she will ask her mermaid mother what to do. She is doing this on the night of a full moon too! Where the tide is the highest and strongest! Nothing will go wrong!
I liked, the book. I did not love this book at all. Just liked it. I thought that it was interesting, but very confusing as well. I mean, where on Earth did Jack come from? I didn't understand the range of magic this book had? I would have preferred there to not be any magic rather than mermen and secret signals. It was all very confusing. It focused on many people's stories while never going in depth about them. Which was very annoying since when I read a story, I like details, I like a thorough explanation. What I felt like I got was fragments.
This was actually a long read for me, even though some pages would only have one line on it, it felt like forever. Things were just dragged out in my opinion.
Things I did like though...were the animals for one--they were given voices and based off animals in the author's life, which was very amusing to read. I did like Dogie and Singe too, along with Meggie Marie. I didn't like Keeper as much, but reading about the adults' past was fun, if only I could have read more about them.
I know it's like I'm ripping on the book, but I'm not. It was different from what I thought it would be, but it was innocent and sweet and I was happy when I finished.
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