StoryMakers with Alice Kaltman THE TANTALIZING TALE OF GRACE MINNAUGH
In this week’s episode of StoryMakers, plunge into THE TANTALIZING TALE OF GRACE MINNAUGH, a marvelous ride for landlubbers and mer-folk alike. But be forewarned; whether you’ve got a fishtail or feet, you will get wet!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Eleven-year-old Grace Minnaugh is not a fan of big change. And so, she’s miserable during her first weeks in the seaside town of La Toya, sulking like a spoiled brat while her family embraces the California lifestyle with gusto. But Grace’s entire life is destined to change in miraculous ways because she can’t resist the seductive beauty of the sea. One fateful morning, while taking a predawn swim, Grace is caught in a thunderstorm. Without the ocean skills to survive, she’s sucked below the surface, convinced she will drown. Instead, a new life begins. Gills rip open from behind her ears and her legs fuse together to form a fishtail. Grace Minnaugh is a mermaid, and a gorgeous one at that.
On land, Grace is still the same walking, talking social misfit she’s always been. But when fully submerged in the salty sea, she’s an underwater marvel. Not sure what to make of this fantastic conundrum, Grace decides not to tell a soul about her flip-floppy, double life. Things get more complicated when Grace befriends Alfie DeCosta, a kid who’s obsessed with finding an elusive shipwreck off the coast of La Toya. Grace knows exactly where the shipwreck is. But she can’t tell Alfie about it, or can she?
ABOUT ALICE KALTMAN
As a young girl, I longed to be a mermaid. My idol sat demurely on the Chicken of the Sea tuna fish cans. I peeled labels off to save her image. Every night before bedtime I squeezed both legs into one side of my pajama bottoms and shuffled around the house pretending I was as beautiful as the tuna fish mermaid.
To this day, I’m most at home when upside down and underwater. I’ve been swimming my entire life and surfing for the better part of adulthood. It’s no surprise my two novels are totally ocean-centric. “Saving Grace” is about a mermaid, and “Wavehouse” is about a surfer. And I guess they’re both about me, too.
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