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Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman
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Oct 25, 2009

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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 summer.
One afternoon following a terrible summer storm the girls discover Aquamarine, a mermaid, living in the bottom of the Capri's pool. She has fallen in love with the snack bar attendant and refuses to leave until she can meet him. The girls go to great lengths to arrange this and in the end realize that Aquamarine would rather have known Danny for one night and be separated then never to have known him at all. This parallels with the pain they are experiencing in their fears of separation. The girls realize that true friendship like true love is never lost.
Alice Hoffman is known for weaving fantasy with reality and I thought this was a well written, charming story that most young girls can identify with and will enjoy reading.

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