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Keeper by Kathi Appelt
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Mar 29, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: read-2010
Read from April 19 to 22, 2010

Keeper has had the worst day ever. First, she broke Signe's bowl, burnt the gumbo, and made Signe cry. Then, she ruined Dodie's important two-word song and let her dog, B.D., break Mr. Beauchamp's special blue-moon blooming flowers. There's only one way to make it better. Take the boat to the sandbar in the middle of the night, and wait for her mermaid mama, Meggie Marie, to come help. Can she count on a fairytale?

This is a lovely little book. The prose is beautiful and the language is always interesting. At times, however, because there's such a large focus on the prose, the plot can drag and parts can become repetitive. The short chapters that Appelt uses, just as she did in her previous novel, The Underneath, keeps you turning the pages. And in the end, the reader gets a happy little story with a little bit of magic.

In addition to the prose and the language, Appelt's characters are a joy, both the people and the animals. And, she builds beautiful relationships between them. Keeper's neighbor, old Mr. Beauchamp, left the love of his life, a boy named Jack, behind in France as a teen. Sad, yes, but I was glad to see a same-sex love story in a middle-grade novel that wasn't handled as an issue book.

Enjoyable, magical, and a little bit bittersweet. It won't be every child's favorite book, but it will be well-loved by some.

Reviewed from ARC

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