Eleven-year-old Meranda thought her life was complicated enough with cerebral palsy and her helicopter parents. But when her family visits her grandparents’ home on the coast, secrets begin to unfold. A suspicious death, a supposed miracle, and … mermaids? With an intriguing mystery afoot, and a strong-willed, resilient heroine at the helm, this mythical maritime novel celebrates coming of age and growing into yourself.


  • Commended, A Junior Library Guild Selection 2021
  • Commended, TD Summer Reading Club Top Recommended Read 2022
  • Short-listed, R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature 2022
  • Short-listed, Violet Downey Book Award 2022
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens 2022


"Mahoney’s debut novel combines the fantastical and contemporary to create an accessible story for young readers . .. An intriguing mystery set in the mythical backdrop of a coastal Canadian town, starring an unstoppable girl driven by curiosity and her adventurous nature. "

- Booklist

"Dark family secrets, hints of magic, and a very tidy resolution after pleasing thrills. "

- Kirkus Reviews

"The plot moves quickly and keeps the reader guessing ... Students who enjoy fantasy titles will like this book."

- School Library Connection

"A well-written novel about Maritime life, family, and mermaid mythology ... Meranda is a fully developed and courageous character who will appeal to young readers."

- Canadian Review of Materials

"Meranda is a relatable and likeable heroine who faces her challenges, both physical and emotional, with grit and resilience. Part Scooby Doo and part Anne of Green Gables, this is a story that will keep tweens turning pages late into the night."

- This West Coast Mommy