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On the night of the blue moon when mermaids are said to gather on a sandbar in the Gulf of Mexico, ten-year-old Keeper sets out in a small boat, with her dog BD and a seagull named Captain, determined to find her mother, a mermaid, as Keeper has always believed, who left long ago to return to the sea.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781416950608
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 399 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.
Additional Contributors: Hall, August - Illustrator


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Jul 03, 2016

Keeper has a fantastic storyline and I recommend it to all ages because little kids love hearing and imagining fantasy like mermaids, talking crabs and I also know a lot of adults who love fairytales. Keeper believes in myths and mermaids and also believes that her mom was a mermaid. Keeper is on a mission to find her mom, Meggie Marie, who left her seven years ago when she was three. She paddles in a small boat called the scamper with her dog, BD (Best Dog or sometimes Bad Dog) and a seagull named Captain. At the end she finds out that her mom is actually not a mermaid.

Jan 28, 2016

great book i loved it

ChristchurchKids Dec 28, 2014

Keeper is a great story, when I had got to the end of the chapters I was desperate to keep on going .

There are about three stories going at once and then near the end they all weave in together, I’ve got to admit you never know whats going to happen next.

There’s a girl named Keeper – she believes in myths and mermaids, and believes that her mum was a mermaid .

Keeper has set off in a small boat called The Scamper with her dog named BD (best dog) and a seagull named Captain (you’ll find out when he comes in).

Keeper’s on a mission to find her Mum, Meggie Marie, who left her when she was just three. But things don’t go to plan and the heavy waves start taking her out to sea.

This is one of my 5 star books, one of the ones that I really want to have as my own. (Some lovely, lovely pictures in there as well.)

If you like animals and magical, moving stories then you’ll love this book.

Recommended for 9+ 9 out of 10

Jun 04, 2014

This book was a really good book. At first it was kind of boring but when you really got into it you were wondering what would happen next. It was interesting when there was flash backs in the book to see what had happened in the characters past. This book is like mythology and fairy tale in it. If you read the back of the book it explains a lot. This is a really good book and I think that everyone should read it.


It’s got kid appeal, amazing writing and storytelling, and a friggin’ merman. Consider it a story worthy of the hype and one that’s gonna win itself a whole new crew of Kathi Appelt fans. Plus it made me cry.

BPLNextBestKids Feb 15, 2012

Keeper lives with Signe and her dog BD, a crippled seagull named Captain and several neighbours on Oyster Ridge Road at the edge of the ocean in a small Texas town. Keeper's mother disappeared when she was small. Keeper believes her mother was a mermaid and that she is a mergirl. One morning Keeper does the unthinkable and puts the blue crabs that Signe had planned to use in a special clam chowder. It's just the beginning of a terrible day . . . and night. A blue moon calls the mermaids to De Vaca's Rock. Will Keeper find her mother, Meggie Marie and begin a new life with her? Reviewed by BPL volunteer LS.

meks Jun 23, 2011

I'm in the middle of reading it, and so far it's very interesting. Kathi does a good job of telling the story.

Aug 11, 2010

The author of "The Underneath" brings us a tale of another journey. Keeper believes that her mother, who disappeared when she was still very young, is a mermaid. So, on the night of the Blue Moon, when everything was supposed to go perfectly, but end up going all wrong, Keeper sets off on a boat with her dog and a seagull to find her mother.


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Jun 04, 2014

Keeper thinks her mom is a mermaid and is trying to find her. Her mom, Meggie Marie left Keeper and Signe seven years ago when Keeper was three. The blue moon is coming up that night.She had a plan to go to the sand bar at night on the blue moon night and find her mermaid mom at the sandbar. The problem in the book is "The Scamper", the boat with BD, Keepers dog and Keeper are swept past the sand bar and into the Gulf of Mexico. Captain, the Sea Gull is BD's best friend. Captain found them. Waves were so big and she was so scared. A merman pushed Keeper back to the sand bar. Signe and Dogie, a man who lives in there neighbor hood found Keeper. In the waves they had lost BD but Captain helped them find him. He was alive. They went home and had were so happy everyone was safe and secure. (Ps. If you want to hear more details READ THE BOOK) This book was awesome.


How can a single day go so wrong? It wasn’t supposed to be a bad day, after all. It was a day that was leading up to a sweet blue moon. But that was before ten-year-old Keeper ruined her guardian Signe’s traditional crab gumbo by setting the crabs free. Before she inadvertently destroyed grandfatherly Mr. Beauchamp’s most prized possessions. Before she was present when Dogie, a man she sees as a kind of father, watched as his hopes of asking Signe to marry him were dashed before his eyes. Now the only way Keeper can think to make amends is to cast off into the sea with just her dog B.D. in tow to find Meggie Marie. Meggie Marie is Keeper’s mama and, she thinks, a mermaid as well. Along the way Keeper gives up the things that mean the most to her, and comes to appreciate the fact that it’s people, not objects, that bind a family together. No matter how bad your day has been.


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Jun 04, 2014

Keeper sung "Hey ho, and up she rises
Hey Ho, and up she rises
Hey Ho, and up she rises
Early in the morning . . ."


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