Keeper Keeper by Kathi Appelt

While The Underneath didn’t quite hit the spot for me, I did admire Appelt’s writing and wanted to give this a try. It’s similar in approach – a slow, rhythmic, repetitive style that makes it one of those books you can’t really rush through. Keeper is forced to be patient as she waits for the tide (and we get flashbacks into her awful day that led up to where she is now) and we are forced to be patient as Keeper’s series of mistakes and accidents is revealed to us.

The characters really shine, both the humans and the animals – and believe me, animal books don’t win me over easily. Throw in a handful of mermaid legends and a mystery surrounding Keeper’s mother, as well as some fantastic illustrations, and we’ve got a winner. The patience it requires it well worth it.

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