Review: Mermaid School

Title: Mermaid School
Author: Lucy Courtenay, Sheena Dempsey (illustrator)
Genre: Children’s
Publisher: Amulet Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: February 18, 2020
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

A sweet and sparkling chapter book series about finding your place and believing in yourself!

It’s Marnie Blue’s first day at Lady Sealia Foam’s Mermaid School, and she’s terrified. What if she can’t make friends? What if she has to ride a seahorse? And what if the teachers assume she’s just like her Aunt Christabel, a famous singer who was a troublemaker growing up. Even though Marnie is sweet and tries her best to fit in, a mermaid named Orla seems intent on getting her in trouble. But when Orla finds herself in danger, Marnie has to swim to the rescue! Filled with fabulous, fishy fun, Mermaid School is the start of a sparkly new chapter-book series that’s sure to enchant young readers.


This is the first book in a new series about a mermaid school.

Marnie is nervous about starting at the Mermaid School. She has both her mother’s and her aunt’s reputations behind her. Her mother was a star student who always did her homework, but her aunt was a trouble maker. The teachers immediately judge her when she enters the school, and they assume she will be like her aunt when she gets in trouble on the first day. Marnie makes a few friends and an enemy right away. However, Marnie is a very nice mermaid, so she helped the mean girl, Orla, when her family was in trouble.

This story showed a side of starting school which isn’t told in stories often. I’ve seen and heard of children being compared to their older siblings or family members, just based on their relation to one another. That isn’t fair, because everyone is different, and often siblings are very different from one another.

There was an interesting piece of Marnie’s aunt’s past life revealed at the end, so I’m curious to see what happens in the next book!

Thank you Amulet Books for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What to read next:

Fairy Mom and Me (Fairy Mom and Me #1) by Sophie Kinsella, Marta Kissi (illustrator)

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School #1) by Jen Calonita

Have you read Mermaid School? What did you think of it?

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