About the Book
All Mick Bogerman wanted to do was teach his little brother how to swim in the coolest swimming pool in town. He didn’t ask to take care of a bunch of Sea-Monkeys while he was there. He certainly didn’t mean to morph one of them into a mermaid by feeding it genetically enhanced super food. No one is more surprised than Mick when the creature starts luring unsuspecting adults into the deep end of the pool. Adults who don’t resurface.
Join Mick as he battles a powerful adversary: a bloodthirsty mermaid who hypnotizes with a golden gaze, shatters glass with a piercing shriek, and reveals her true menacing self by the light of a full moon.
Let the mermaid re-education begin. Toss most everything you know about mermaids right into the trash. They are not sweet girls with fish tales who sing pretty songs. They are ugly, red-scaled gorillas. They hypnotize you with their eyes and shatter glass with a shriek. But worst of the worst, they can shred you with their razor claws into bite-sized pieces. And they are always hungry. If one of them lands in your swimming pool you better read my simple steps for How to Rid Your Swimming Pool of a Bloodthirsty Mermaid. ~Mick Bogerman
With the zombie mishap still fresh in his mind, Mick is determined to teach his brother Finley to swim so when he finds out his preppy and not into manual labor rich friend, PJ is ordered to mow his own lawn Mick's brain hatches an idea. He offers to mow PJ's lawn and all PJ has to do is let Mick use the swimming pool to teach Finley how to swim. Sounds like a pretty simple trade, right? It should have been had a tiny gentle sea-monkey, turned bloodthirsty mermaid not taken up residence in the pool. And to make matters worse she seems to enjoy "collecting" adults. PJ won't let Mick harm the mermaid, but something has to be done. Can the three devise a plan before anymore adults go missing?
This is such a great read. I found the zany action and hair brained ideas the boys come up with to deal with the mermaid amusing, but I was a little freaked out by the missing adults. The author has a vivid imagination and it definitely shines through in this fantastic creation. He does such a wonderful job of capturing his readers through expressive detail and brilliant characters. Although, clearly fiction (I hope or my swimming pool days are over) the author writes his story in such a way that it becomes believable adding to the entertainment. Perfect for reluctant readers, especially boys.
I highly recommend picking up a copy of How to Rid Your Swimming Pool of a Bloodthirsty Mermaid.
About the Author
Mick's favorite subjects in school are science (slime, rockets, bugs, and rocks-- what's not to like?), gym class (running, climbing, throwing-- more stuff to like), and reading (yay Mr. Corcoran lets him read whatever he likes-- like comic books).
Speaking of comic books, Mick's favorites are X-Men, Demon Knights, Spiderman and Batman.
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