Juniper Sawfeather’s parents are environmental acitivists. Most of the kids in her school just think they are weird so June isn’t a popular girl. Luckily she has one good friend, Haley, who lives next door.
When disaster strikes the coast and animals are being killed from an oil spill, June and her father spring into action in spite of an argument the night before about college.
June spots a tangle of what she thinks are people covered in oil and it turns out they are mermaids. In spite of June and her dad’s heroic efforts only one survives the trip to the nearest aquatic research center.
June meets a college age intern and is impressed by Carter’s looks and his interest in sea creatures. He seems to find her attractive too.
A tangled web of deceit leads to the gripping end of the story.
To be honest, when I found out this was a “mermaid book” I was less than enthusiastic. I’m happy to report that I changed my mind quickly as the discovery of the mermaids was handled in a most believable way.
June’s family dynamic was interesting and not run of the mill and I liked that. June herself was a determined and intelligent girl. Even when she thought she lost her best friend and any chance with Carter, she carried on with her mission.
Carter wasn’t just another pretty face who was supportive of his girl. He had brains and plans and wasn’t afraid to criticize June but he also was understanding of her choices. I really liked him.
June’s friend, Haley, suffered from the intense desire to be popular and it motivated the things she did and drove her away from June and into the clique of the popular kids. Haley was smarter than I gave her credit for however and in the end she and June worked things out.
The story of Affron Oil and its oil spill was realistic and brought focus to a problem that perhaps not all of us are aware of. The descriptions of the scene of the spill was heartbreaking.
I really enjoyed Driver’s book and heartily suggest you give it a try.
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