by Kathi Appelt
What would lead a ten-year old girl to set out into the Gulf of Mexico in a small boat in the middle of the night? A day ruined by 10 snapping crabs, that's what! She was certain they had called to her, begged her to keep them safe from the boiling pot, but now everyone was angry with her. Keeper has decided that it is time to find her mother - a mermaid who left Keeper at the age of three. Keeper takes her dog, named BD (Best Dog), and a seagull named Captain (who is addicted to watermelons). As new troubles start to mount, Keeper begins to question if the stories that swept her out to sea are real. Maybe the blue moon isn't magic and she won't find her mother sparkling on the sandbar with the other mermaids. But then what? How will Keeper make it back home, and back to those she's known all her life?