Donna Jo Napoli
Clarion Books, 2017
Audience: Children, All Teens
Who is Fish Girl?
What is Fish Girl?
She lives in a tank in a boardwalk aquarium. She is the main attraction, though visitors never get more than a glimpse of her.
She has a tail. She can't walk. She can't speak.
But she can make friends with Livia, an ordinary girl, and yearn for a life that includes yoga and pizza. She can grow stronger and braver. With determination, a touch of magic, and the help of a loyal octopus, she can do anything.
I was intrigued by the storyline of Fish Girl. Also, I know that I saw a recommendation for it somewhere, and that’s why I put it on hold. Overall, I was underwhelmed by it. It seemed like a story that had been told before - similar to The Little Mermaid and Splash in some ways. In others, it was subtly dark and creepy. As far as the art, it wasn’t my favorite, but I didn’t hate it either. It fit the book, but didn’t really add to it.