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The Secret World of Mermaids

Illustrated by Robert McPhillips

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About The Book

Prince Lucas discovers underwater secrets when he gets a glimpse of the mermaids’ kingdom in this eighth chapter book in the fantastical Kingdom of Wrenly series.

Lucas and Clara are floating on a raft when a wave hits and throws Lucas into the sea. Before being pulled up to the surface, Lucas catches a glimpse of a coral kingdom filled with castles, towers, and…mermaids! King Caleb tells him that the mermaids have always treasured their privacy, and everyone should respect that. But despite his father’s advice, Lucas is determined to find out more about the mermaids’ secret world!

With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Kingdom of Wrenly chapter books are perfect for beginning readers.

Excerpt

The Secret World of Mermaids MY Turn
Swish! Swish! Swish! Prince Lucas and his best friend, Clara, swept dirt, leaves, and bits of straw into a corner of Ruskin’s lair. They wanted the cave to be clean and perfect when Ruskin returned. Ruskin was on the island of Crestwood for the week. He was perfecting his fire-breathing skills, and Grom, the wizard overseeing Ruskin’s training, had told Lucas that being around other dragons every once in a while was good for him.

“Look at all the cobwebs!” cried Clara, pointing to shadowy corners of the lair.

“This place looks more like a home for spiders than for a dragon,” said Lucas.

They turned their brooms upside down and began to brush the webs from the corners of the lair. Spiders scurried into the cracks between the stones.



“I can’t wait until Ruskin can go on more adventures with us,” Lucas said.



“Me too,” agreed Clara. “I wonder what land we’ll discover next.”

“Well, wherever it is,” answered Lucas, “I’m going to be the one to discover it!”

Clara stopped sweeping the walls for a moment. “Why do you say it like that?” she asked.

Lucas shrugged. “I don’t know. I guess it’s because you always discover everything first,” he said.

“I’m not trying to,” responded Clara. “It’s just because I know my way around the kingdom from all the bread deliveries I’ve done with my father.”



“I know,” said Lucas, “but I wish I could discover something before you just once.”

Clara pulled a cobweb from her sleeve. “You’re being silly,” she said. “Besides, we’ve discovered lots of things together.”



“Like what?” questioned Lucas.

Clara thought for a moment. “How about the time we found the Breach in the Starless Forest—remember?” she said. “We collected the healing vixberries for Ruskin!”



Lucas shook his head. “But don’t forget it was your friend who showed us the Breach,” he protested. “I would never have discovered it if it weren’t for you!”

“Why does that matter?” asked Clara.

Because we never would have found the Breach and saved Ruskin’s life if you hadn’t been friends with Bren.”



Clara rested her broom against the wall. She didn’t want her best friend to be upset with her, even if it was for a silly reason.

“Well, don’t worry,” she said, pulling off a cobweb. “I know you’ll uncover many mysteries before me. Just keep your eyes open.”



Lucas nodded. “You bet I will,” he said.

About The Author

Jordan Quinn grew up in a fairy tale castle in England. It had a spiral stone staircase, a moat, and a dungeon. As a child she liked to play hide-and-go-seek and ride her beloved horse, Prince Charming. When she wasn’t riding, she wrote stories about fairies, trolls, dragons, and wizards. Today, Jordan lives on a ranch in California with her husband, son, and a golden retriever named Sir Toots-a-Lot.

About The Illustrator

Robert McPhillips has been involved in a wide variety of projects over the years—from illustrating greeting cards to animation, though he especially loves illustrating children’s books. Robert makes his home in North Devon, England, with his wife, Sam.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Little Simon (May 12, 2015)
  • Length: 128 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781481431231
  • Grades: K - 4
  • Ages: 5 - 9
  • Lexile ® 580L The Lexile reading levels have been certified by the Lexile developer, MetaMetrics®

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