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This thoroughly compelling, gorgeously told tale begins as the weather turns warm enough to swim in the local lake, twelve-year-old Ava is looking forward to a lazy summer, and her crush, Jeff, is most definitely taking notice of her. Everything is going beautifully for Ava. . . until she starts to grow feathers. Is she some kind of freak? Or something truly special?

Photograph by Joi Brozek

Carolyn Turgeon is the author of Rain Village, Godmother: The Secret Cinderella Story, Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale, and the young adult novel The Next Full Moon. She is the editor of Mermaids, a special-edition annual magazine, and teaches writing in the low-residency MFA program at the University of Alaska at Anchorage. Find out more at CarolynTurgeon.com and IAmaMermaid.com.

"The Next Full Moon" is as magical as a moonbeam on a mid-summer's eve. When you've finished this enchanting story, you'll close your eyes and fly.

--Kathi Appelt, author of THE UNDERNEATH and KEEPER

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