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Rescue Sirens: The Search for the Atavist

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For Nim, lifeguarding is more than just a summer job. She and her friends are Rescue Sirens, mermaids sworn to an ancient vow to watch over and protect humans -- and the best way to do that in today's world is by hiding in plain sight as lifeguards. When the Rescue Sirens receive word that a special human -- unwittingly possessing the rare power to turn into a mermaid -- h ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 1st 2015
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Ashleigh Heaton
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First and foremost, this is not your average mermaid story. So much of the mermaid genre is filled with retellings of The Little Mermaid—which, you know, gets old. Everything about Rescue Sirens is fresh, new, and original, from concept to world-building to character development.

In particular, I loved the idea of humans being derived from mermaids, creating an ancient bond between the two species. This approach opened the door to a whole new world of mytholo
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Andrew
Dec 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens, fantasy
I'm always interested when someone whose work I know from collaborative media (film, comics, etc) produces something more personal, like a comics artist writing their own scripts for the first time, or a comics writer or screen writer writing a novel on their own. In this case, one of my favorite filmmakers, Chris Sanders (Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon) is still working in collaboration, this time with his wife, Jessica Steele-Sanders, but it's a concept and story that is completely th ...more
Kate Alicia
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rescue Sirens: Search for the Atavist makes the everyday superheroism of first responders and the true strength of teamwork accessible through this delightful tale of friendship, camaraderie, and mission orientation. If I’d had this story when I was a teenager, I guarantee I would have been inspired to become a first responder a lot earlier than I did. I know there are young people out there with lifesaving potential who will be as inspired by this tale of lifesaving work as I am, and this is a ...more
David Cattarin
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
This was a fun YA book. Mermaids as Miami lifeguards? Sanders ties that into both the mermaid mythos, evolution, and lots of information on what it takes to become a lifeguard. It's a fast read and well worth giving it a shot.
Sarah Grace
Get an editor and call me when it's redone
Adriana
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
An interesting concept and decently realized, but it feels really forced at times.
I was expecting something with a bit more heart and less Saturday morning PSA.
Diz
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
I decided to check out this book because it's written by Jessica Steele-Sanders and Chris Sanders. Chris Sanders is the creator of "Lilo and Stitch", and I really like his sense of design and his beach themed stories, so I thought it would be worth reading this.

I really enjoyed the world that was created in this story. The explanation of the relationship between humans and mermaids was a different take on the mythology. Also, all of the mermaid characters are lifeguards, so you learn a lot about
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Keyla
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that leaves you wanting another but sadly there is only one so far.
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