Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Hannah is an orphan, and for as long as she can remember has lived at the Boston Home for Little Wanderers. Unlike her peers, whose dreams take place on land, Hannah dreams of the sea, and of living in a small cottage and swimming in the water all day long. But at age fifteen, she is turned away from the Home, and after a disastrous trip on the orphan train, is found a position as a scullery maid in a fine home in Boston. There, near enough to the sea, Hannah is able to live quietly. But one of the guests at the house, a young painter, seems to know something about her, and understand her strange urges for the sea...now if only Hannah could figure them out herself.
The first in a new series called Daughters of the Sea by Kathryn Lasky, Hannah is a rich historical novel full of charm, humor, and magic. The novel is slanted towards younger readers, but with its light romance and the complexities Hannah face about class distinctions and about growing up, this book will appeal to older teens as well. The beginning of the book is a little meandering as Lasky works to make her point that Hannah can't be far from the sea, but once Hannah arrives back in Boston, things pick up once more as she begins to experience her strange yearnings for the sea in earnest. The book is brimming with historical details as well, but they are integrated seamlessly into the story, making for a realistic and exciting read. The magical and mysterious elements are thrilling, and the final pages of the book are suspenseful and exhilarating. The ending is quite a cliffhanger, leaving plenty of room for the sequel to pick up. This new mermaid tale is one that girls of all ages can easily enjoy.
Cover Comments: I love the colors used in this cover! The pinks, grays, and blues together are just gorgeous! The fonts used and the colors just embody the sea in book format! So lovely! I can't wait to see what that other covers look like!
Hannah will be released next month from Scholastic!