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Maybe a Mermaid

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  368 ratings  ·  110 reviews
Eleven-year-old Anthoni Gillis is not the kind of kid who believes in fairies, unicorns, or even the word “maybe.” She’s more of a comic-books girl. So when her mom brings her to Thunder Lake for a summer at the Showboat Resort, she doesn’t believe the local rumors about the Boulay Mermaid.

Anthoni has bigger fish to fry. She’s always wanted a True Blue Friend. But it’s bee
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published March 26th 2019 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own. ,

This was an offbeat and quirky book (Where were all these books when I was in elementary school?) that had me smiling through the whole thing.

Its a fun story about Anthoni and her mom, both trying to find their way. Anthoni is looking for a True Blue friend and take care of her mom... her mom is doing the best she can to provide for her daughter and make ends meet.
(Bad grammar there? Yup,
Shannon (leaninglights)
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My daughters are reviewing this book. 😊❤️

Mini me 1: I like this book because it was cool and it was full of secrets. It was also very surprising.

Mini me 2: I like the book because it had a mermaid in it. I like it there a lot of characters.
Have you ever had a good thing right in front of your face and you didn't realize it? Anthoni Gillis is in this exact situation. She has a plan to get a True Blue Friend, one that will always be with you through thick and thin, but so far in her eleven year old life, she has not found one. Her mom sells Beauty & Bee cosmetics and she is working her way up the company; however because of her success they have always moved around and Anthoni has never been able to make a true blue friend. When her ...more
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-best-reads
Summer always gives me beachy mermaid vibes, and this was the perfect summer read.

Carrie is a single mom trying to make ends meet by selling bee cosmetics. With all the moving around, Anthoni hasn't had a BFF since kindergarten and is hoping to meet her True Blue friend this summer at Thunder Lake.

During their stay at the magical Showboat Resort, Anthoni learns some hard truths about their current situation and friendship.

This was a fun and very well-written story with a great cast of characters
Michele Knott
I absolutely loved this debut from author Josephine Cameron. A story that readers will love and with a main character, Anthoni, who is searching for her True Blue Friend in difficult circumstances. Although the reader can see what she is searching for is right in front of her, we take the journey with Anthoni and cheer her on the whole way. Featuring a dash of magical realism, it’s the belief of what could be that keeps us all going.
Katie Reilley
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to the author and publisher for sharing an early copy with our #bookexpedition group!

A sweet story of friendship that middle grade readers will enjoy, Maybe a Mermaid follows 11 year old Anthoni who is looking for a True Blue Friend. Anthoni and her mom have just returned to the lakeside resort where her mom spent her summers, though its run down appearance looks nothing like her mom remembers. Readers will cheer for Anthoni as she faces challenges in finding that True Blue Friend and
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I admit I judged this book by its cover and wanted to read it. Also, that it was set in a fictional summer resort in WI piqued my interest. This is a debut novel and it was just wonderful. Anthoni is the main character and she is on the search for A TRUE BLUE FRIEND. She has learned from her mother to be methodical and persevering so she applies these attributes to her quest. Along the way, she finds out what real friendship can look like (with the opposite sex/with someone across the generation ...more
Lynn Plourde
What a delightful book--a plot that moves along (couldn't put it down during the last third of the book); great theme of true-blue friendship; rich, realistic characters; fun setting; touches of mystery and magic and mermaids. Hard to believe this is the author's debut book. She's an author to watch!
Jill Williamson
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book tells the story of a girl and her mom who travel to an old camping resort on a lake. The girl, named Anthoni after her grandpa, befriends a quirky boy named DJ and an eccentric old lady who performed in a Vaudeville act with her parents when she was a kid. Anthoni is looking to make a True Blue friend, and that is her goal for most of the story; however, she also starts to solve an old mystery about whether or not a mermaid lives in the lake. This is a cute story and a fast read. I enj ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
How is this a first time author’s work? Oh my goodness. What a lovely book. Relatable and quirky characters, a summer setting, and enough humor for two books. Please tell all your ES kids to read this one. Order it for your libraries. It’s that good!
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
thank you to the publisher for the review copy. All opinions are my own.

MAYBE A MERMAID transported me back to summer camp in Northern WI.

Anthoni and her mother spend a summer at her mother’s favorite childhood resort. They arrive to find it in decrepit condition and run by a strange and mysterious ex-Vaudeville star. Anthoni spends the summer trying to make a True Blue Friend, but she also finds herself drawn to investigate rumors that a mermaid once lived at the resort. The two goals converg
Katlyn Duncan
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
MAYBE A MERMAID, by Josephine Cameron, was a sweet little adventure story about finding a True Blue Friend, and creating a summer to remember. I loved the constant references in Anthoni and her mom's life relating to the direct sales business. This book grabbed my attention, and I really felt everything Anthoni went through. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for an escape from reality for a little while.
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mermaids
A little girl named Anthoni? I wasn't at all thrilled with the main character's name in this book. Especially when it's revealed that her mom gave her that name because she was expecting a boy! What a lame excuse. But in spite of that most unfortunate name, Anthoni is a very relatable character and "Maybe a Mermaid" is a fun summer story. It brought back memories of family vacations when I was growing up, even though those were at the Jersey Shore, not a Wisconsin Lake. In fact, just the dust ja ...more
Ms. Yingling
Jan 19, 2019 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Anthoni Gillis and her mother have moved frequently as her mother moves up in the ranks of Beauty and the Bee cosmetics. When her mother moves up a level, she takes Anthoni on a long-promised vacation to Showboat Resort at Thunder Lake, a place she spent six "perfect" summers at when she was a girl. When the two arrive, the whole place is in disrepair and is being run by Charlotte Boulay, the now elderly daughter of the owners. Anthoni's mother reconnects with her childh
Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-s-books, mom
This is the inaugural pick for our inter-generational book club consisting of my 9 year old daughter, her 40 year old mom (me!), and her mid-to-late-60 something grandma. I give this book a solid 4 stars for a middle grades novel. I found the story and characters engaging. As a Sconnie, I particularly loved the setting of the book on a small Wisconsin lake (NB- do a little research! You can easily discover the source of inspiration for the fictional town and resort!). I think the themes of estab ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This debut middle grade novel lives up to its cover and will be a delightful summer discovery for readers. You can't help but root for Anthonie and the quirky cast of characters she meets at the Showboat Resort. Maureen Boulay alone is worth the price of admission. Readers will learn along with Anthonie lessons about friendship, loyalty and looking below the surface for the truth. Highly recommended!

Thank you to Macmillan and NetGalley for a digital ARC of this book in exchange for an honest rev
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Competently written but lacks diversity in a way that feels deeply out of touch with the rest of publishing. I mean the only two people of color are announced first by their race, then their special talent (tap dancing), then by name - and at that they are thanking white folx for giving them a job.

Additionally there are some comments on the body of an older woman that didn't sit right with me.

Which is a shame because the pacing and emotional arcs of the characters are good, but it feels like i
Peggy Dynek
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Anthoni Gillis is looking for her true blue friend, and is hoping to find one on her vacation. Things don't go as planned, and there is a rumored mermaid in the lake. Realistic depiction of life when money is a problem.
Trichelle De La Cueva
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this aloud to my kids. They enjoyed it, I liked it. I loved the message of friendship and inclusiveness. The background story of the older woman at the resort was a bit confusing at times but overall we enjoyed it.
Samantha Ania
This was super cute and fun. I want to go to The Showboat Resort!
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I had the opportunity to read a NetGalley digital ARC of this middle grade novel in exchange for a review. This book tells the story of Anthoni Gillis, an eleven-year-old girl who has no True Blue Friends. Her mother moves from town to town trying to rise up the ladder of success selling Beauty and the Bee cosmetics. Hoping to sell more of her products, her mother takes Anthoni to the Showboat Resort for the summer. As Anthoni tries to make a True Blue Friend, determine if there’s truth to the l ...more
Lanelle Duke
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully written first book with wonderfully descriptive prose that I don’t normally see in books for this age group. The interesting story and compelling cliff hangers at the end each short chapter kept me reading long past I had planned every time I picked the book up. I liked Anthoni a lot and found myself pulling for her. I was conflicted because I wanted to learn how everything turned out, but also didn’t want the book to end. I look forward to reading another book written by Josephine ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing

The voice! The character arc! The batty old neighbor! The cuteness!

If you are looking for the funniest, cutest, summery middle grade, you've found it.
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
At first I would have given this 2 or 3 stars but you can see that it grew on me. This book is full of mysterious turns which nobody would suspect. I love this book. 🧜‍♀️🧜‍♀️❤❤ I hope this is a movie so tell me if it is please.
This is a 3.5 for me, and oh, how I wish that Goodreads would fix its ranking system so reviewers could indicate those in between marks for books. Many middle grade readers will easily relate to the plight of this book's protagonist, eleven-year-old Anthoni Gillis. Because her mother has moved around frequently for job as a salesperson for Beauty & the Beauty cosmetics--she even won a prize and was named Chief Pollinator--Anthoni has found it hard to make friends. When her mother decides that it ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So great! I want to read it again.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-received
In this poignant story of a girl searching for her True Blue Friend, Josephine Cameron's Maybe a Mermaid touches the heart and reminds readers what real friendship is all about. The pre-teen years are hard, and making friends can be torturous. Through her writing and characters, Cameron shows us that your friends are not always who you expect.

Anthoni and her mom always have a plan and the number one rule is to "Stick to the Plan". It's worked so far, so when her mom drags Anthoni to The Showboat
Jul 07, 2019 is currently reading it
Great book, well written.😊
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher on Netgalley.

I completely fell in love with this cover - it is AMAZING and I love it.

The text within is also really good. I loved all the characters and the story. It struck a good note between plot and character development across the board. It was funny and sweet and written at, what I think, is a great level for middle grade readers who want something a little fun, a little serious, and easy to read.

You can read the official plot but
Valerie McEnroe
Anthoni's mom is Queen Bee in her honey-infused makeup business (think Avon), but she's about to be dethroned if she doesn't start making her sales goals. The rent is overdue so she plans a little "vacation" to the summer lake resort she visited as a child. They arrive to find the resort in disrepair, no other guests, and an eccentric old lady running the place. While her mom follows her action plan for selling makeup to summer vacationers in town, Anthoni has her own action plan for finding a t ...more
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