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And Then I Turned Into a Mermaid (And Then I Turned Into a Mermaid, #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Louise Rennison meets Bad Mermaids in a hilarious new series for 9+ readers

Molly Seabrook’s dull seaside life is turned upside down when she turns 13 and is let in on the family secret: she’s PART-MERMAID! While this does explain why her bonkers Mum is always skinny-dipping, Molly isn’t exactly thrilled. She already has to dress as a haddock to promote the family fish ’n’
Paperback, 208 pages
Published May 30th 2019 by Egmont
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Mel (Epic Reading)
I'm rating this based on its merit as a middle grade children's chapter book. This does not mean it's an amazing read for the average person (this is no Lockwood & Co. or Harry Potter) but it will likely appeal to many little girls in the 7-10 age group. Laura Kirkpatrick introduces us to an average teen whom has 3 sisters and is unpopular most of the time. Until the day she suddenly comes into her own and learns she's a mermaid. There are some very funny moments in And Then I Turned Into a Merm ...more
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
The title is what made me want to read this, I’m essentially a landlocked mermaid!
Even though I am in my 50’s I totally enjoyed this story!

Molly Seabrook’s dull seaside life is turned upside down when she turns 13 and is let in on the family secret: she’s PART-MERMAID! While this does explain why her bonkers Mum is always skinny-dipping, Molly isn’t exactly thrilled. She already has to dress as a haddock to promote the family fish ’n’ chip shop, and now this? Growing up is hard enough without sp
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is hilarious, warm and fun! What would you do if you discovered that you’d turn into a mermaid? That’s what happens to Molly Seabrook (gorgeous, sarcastic, wonderful molly). I loved this: full of puns, charm, wit. There’s some great storylines and some awesome rep in here too! Bloody take a now, Laura!
Emma L.
*** This review potentially contains spoilers ***

Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5 stars).
Reread rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4/5 stars).

Laura fucking Steven/Kirkpatrick has done it again. I will probably love everything that amazing woman and her brain put out. This was sooo hilarious that it already had me cry laughing for the fourth time by page 60. I loved it so much. It seriously might be my favorite middle grade novel to this day (haha maybe after the first 3 Percy Jackson & HP novels). It's definitely one of the very
Reuben Thomas
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was brilliant. I read it with Foster Sprog over Skype while we couldn’t see each other during a global pandemic. Cos that’s a totally normal thing to write down.
So it took us quite a while but it was still an absolute joy to go back to each week for a chapter or two.

At first I felt like it was pitched a little strange age wise. Going in, I understood it to be MG and I think it did feel pretty young in the writing, but with the MC being 13 she was talking about boys and lipstick and Instagr
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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What do you get when you cross a Seabrook with those special teen years? A 'tail' that you won't soon forget!

Molly Seabrook just wants what every other soon-to-be thirteen year old be popular, noticed by the boy she likes, and rock her teen years. Instead, Molly is being inducted into a world of weirdness that every one of her older family members already belong to, and to top it all off, sprouting a tail to boot! Honestly, it couldn't get any worse, right? Umm, yeah...about that. Not
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
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AND THEN I TURNED INTO A MERMAID is a cute and funny middle grade fantasy that follows Molly. Molly is 13 years old and hoping to become popular and date a popular boy. However, it feels impossible when she feels so awkward and her family feels so different. This is not helped by her mother, who seems to insist on skinny-dipping in the ocean and the fact that they run a fish-and-chips restaurant.

On her 13th birthday, her family took her the ocean, and Molly is dismayed to learn that she is even
Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars for this hilarious mermaid story! Laura’s writing is still brilliantly funny for middle grade, and her brand of brash sarcasm just works for me. Plus the joy of a family of mermaids owning and running and fish and chip shop is brilliant.

I really liked Molly, and her adventures in life as a 13 year old mermaid. And the last line in the book, delivered by little sister Minnie, is spit-take hilariousness at its best.

I did want more on mermaid life, and Molly’s colours, and how all the s
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars

I think I like Laura Steven's YA fiction more compared to her middle-grade fantasy. However, it is still a funny book.
Emma Hall
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was amazing.
Candyce Kirk
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute story! Full review to follow soon!
Ms. Yingling
Mar 15, 2020 rated it liked it
E ARC from Edelweiss Plus

Interesting, but rather British. There is limited interest in mermaids. Perhaps it is because we are fairly landlocked!
It’s been a strange few weeks but at the end of March I took a trip to Little Marmouth and dived into Molly’s world. Yes, I know, once again very late to this party, but let me tell you it was just what I needed!

If any of you are YA readers you may be more familiar with Laura, as Laura Steven, author of the Izzy O’Neill books and The Love Hypothesis. And Then I Turned Into A Mermaid is her first foray into middle grade writing and as a fan of her YA work I was definitely not disappointed with th
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Half girl, half fish. That’s how 12-year-old Molly Seabrook feels. To help out her mother’s fish-and-chip shop, Molly stands on the boardwalk in a haddock suit passing out flyers. Molly works there with her 3 older sisters. Their youngest sister isn’t old enough yet to help out, but she’s pretty adorable, so Molly can’t get too mad at her.

Molly’s best friend Ada doesn’t have to work, but she does stop by sometimes to talk about Cute Steve and Penalty Pete. Or about school, but that’s not as int
Pop Bop
Jul 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
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The Five Little Peppers and How They Swam

As the Most Interesting Man in the World might say, "I don't always read mermaid books, but when I do I prefer books like this one." While this book is technically a mermaid book it's really a family tale, and a warm and upbeat, and often humorous, story about five sisters and how they grew.

Our heroine, Molly, is sister number four. The three older sisters are the brain, the practical joker, and the uptight loner. Youngest sister is a cute ball of energy.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A BIG Thank You to Netgalley and SOURCEBOOKS Jabberwocky for providing me with an advanced reader’s copy of “And Then I Turned Into a Mermaid” for my review. This book was a bit confusing in the beginning, but eventually was fun to read! Initially, I had trouble keeping up with the characters because there are so many sisters. Their sense of humor and the snarky sarcasm was also out of the blue. But once I got a hang of their personalities and the conversations, it was entertaining. I ended up l ...more
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I heard about this book, I was incredibly excited, and when I realised it was written by YA writer Laura Steven under a pseudonym my excitement levels only went up even further. Thankfully, I really enjoyed it (it`d be really embarrassing if I hadn`t after all the screeching I did about it on Twitter, both to Laura and to any of my friends who`d listen…). It`s about a girl named Molly, who discovers on her 13th birthday that she and her family are all mermaids, and has to navigate this alon ...more
Eve beinguniquebooks
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this book we meet Molly and her family of mum and four sisters who she discovers as she's turning thirteen are mermaids!

However as she crushes on a football mad guy, has best friend fall outs with Ada and remembers how her mum was not long ago sick with cancer and having to juggle a business of a chip shop with no partner around a lot is happening in her life and being a mermaid adds to it as she starts to transform with the slightest touch of water!

She also befriends Eddie a regular customer
Apr 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
My 12 year old, 7th grade daughter is dyslexic and reads a bit slower than her peers even though she is now reading at grade level. She loves all things mermaid and I picked this up for her for Christmas. She's read the Emily Windsnap series and liked them, but they were big and took a long time for her to read.

She says this book is sooooooo much better. Not only a faster read but she likes everything better. She likes it 3x as much as Emily Windsnap and unfortunately I can't get a much more de
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
This MG novella from one of my favourite new authors is great for preteens, I'm sure.
For me I would give it 3 stars but as I'm not really its target audience, I thought that would be unfair.
I thought Molly was a little annoying and couldn't relate to her through most of it but like I said, she would be a good hit with the younger crowd and I think my younger self would have thought her hilarious.
The mermaid reveal was hit and miss, her family just seemed to shrug and be all 'get used to it. Now
Michael Rumney
This was in the YA section of the library and got it out to try something different just before lockdown. I'm not the target readership being a 61 year old male but I can see the fascination for young girls.
A bit formulaic in that there's the unobtainable boy, wanting to be popular, falling out with your best friend and the moments in transforming into a mermaid were too infrequent.
Molly is the protagonist and all her sisters, mother and visiting aunt all had names beginning with M, a bit confus
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book surprised me in all the best ways!

I knew from the author's other works that it would be funny. However, I didn't expect to be: outright laughing on the train; hit with the friendship feels; be TOTALLY SHIPPING multiple pairings; be freaking out over Middle Grade LGBTQ+ rep; or to be almost in tears at the beautiful sisterly relationships!

This is an amazing book and I can't wait for more of the series and Seabrook sisters 🧡
E2 Roxane
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have finished this book. This is about how a girl, Molly, has turned into a mermaid and then lost her tail. She understands even if something ever happens to her she will still goes to school and help her parents. In my opinion she reminds me of all my family because we all never give up and try to do it even though you have something happened to you. If you like fantasy and realists then this is a fantastic book for you.
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was really good but it spent so much time waiting for the people to catch on. Like, someone would sag that you are a mermaid and you know it is true but you are just waiting and waiting for the people to know. She also "realized" a lot of stuff that was kind of obvious. It was good in the fact that it was unpredictable because it seems like all of the books I have read recently are very predictable ...more
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A charming little story

This book is the story of Molly a young girl who is embarrassed by her family of 4 other sisters and a single mom. And just when Molly thinks that her family can’t get anymore freakier she finds out she’s a mermaid.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s not afraid to talk about more mature stuff, Molly is a relatable protagonist and there is definitely a lot of potential in this series going forward

I look forward to reading the next book as soon as I can.
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
On Molly's 13 birthday she discovers she is a mermaid and her family too and she has to keep it a secret. If any human found out she and her family would be banished to an island that isn't safe or clean. She and her friend want to be popular and her friends talk behind her back. Molly gets mad and gets in a huge fight with her. Then, the popular girl discovers she is a mermaid so Molly blackmails her..... ...more
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This book was a little all over the place for my taste! I didn't find it as funny as others seem to have found it. The characters were fun and interesting and I loved reading about the mermaid parts of the story. I wanted more mermaid. I think some of the questions that I wanted answered will probably pop up in book 2 so I might enjoy it more after reading that. ...more
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
With the description of 'sarcastic mermaids' and Laura's always brilliant and hilarious writing, I knew I was going to love this book. Although MG is not normally something I read, or at least used to, I've been getting into it a bit more lately because of such amazing books like this! Molly is trying to fit in at school and in her lighthouse full of sisters, but when she discovers she's a mermaid, life gets so much more complicated. I love Molly, and each of her sisters individually. This is fu ...more
Nov 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought the book was funny and it made me smile 😊

I chose 4 stars for this book because nothing's perfect but other then that I likes the book and I recommend this to children and young adults! 😁
This was a fun little middle grade novel about mermaids and unexpected changes. It was cute and very clearly written for the early middle grade audience, even though the main character is 13 years old.
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