Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Mermaids Don't Run Track by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones
Author: Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones
Mr. Jenkins, the director at Camp Lone Wolf, has decided to hold a track meet. He's even brought an expert running coach to help the Bailey School kids prepare. The new coach is strangely inspirational -- when she sings, people feel like they can do anything. But when the kids notice the strange resemblance the coach bears to a mermaid, the fact that she refuses to get wet, and that she's planning to run off with Mr. Jenkins, they wonder if this coach is more than she appears to be. Can the kids solve this mystery before they lose Mr. Jenkins and Camp Lone Wolf forever?
I have enjoyed reading these books ever since I was in second and third grade. It is always so funny to me that almost every adult The Bailey School Kids encounter are some type of creature, and this one happens to be my favorite because it is about a mermaid of course! What readers will enjoy most about this series is that each "creature" is very elusive about what they are and try to disguise themselves, but the kids are like detectives and always try to solve the mystery! I really enjoyed how comical it was that a mermaid wanted to run track so bad, and the authors of this book added some classic elements such as a mermaids hypnotizing singing. I believe that no matter how old you are, this book will entertain you, and so will the other crazy cryptics in the other books in the series. The only thing I have to say about this book is that it is intended for 3rd- 5th graders, so the font is rather large and the way the book is written is juvenile. Overall though, I give this book (***) 3 stars.
-Sirenita The Selkie