The Princess in Black and the Mermaid Princess (The Princess in Black #9)

by Shannon Hale (Author) Leuyen Pham (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

There's trouble under the sea! Can the Princess in Black and her new mermaid friend put a stop to a big blue kraken's shenanigans?

The Princess in Black and her friends are enjoying a day of sun and sea on Princess Sneezewort's royal boat when a real, live mermaid princess emerges from the waves! Eeeeeee! Princess Posy needs their help protecting her very cute sea goats from being eaten by a very greedy kraken. But the princesses and the Goat Avenger quickly realize that fighting underwater can be tough for land dwellers, and only the mermaid Princess Posy can save the day. Can the masked heroes help her learn that being a princess means more than just being nice--it means speaking up?

An ode to using your voice (along with a kelp-tree swing or two), this newest installment in the New York Times best-selling series is a splish-splashing good time.

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

K-Gr 3-They've done it again! In this ninth installment, the Hales have brought back all the elements young readers love about the "Princess in Black" series-heroes in disguise, hungry monsters, imperiled goats, and ninja skills-but this time, they've set their story underwater, added a mermaid princess, and included a powerful message of speaking up to help others. The story begins with the three heroes sailing on Princess Sneezewort's ship. The Princess in Blankets would like to battle sea monsters while the Princess in Black is hoping to see a mermaid. Before long, they do meet beautiful mermaid Princess Posy, and the Princess in Black is gushing and giddy. The three friends enthusiastically offer to help the nice, but very worried, mermaid protect the capricorn (sea goats) from the krakens. Unfortunately, they discover that their monster-fighting moves are practically useless underwater. As she is drifting upside down, the Princess in Blankets lets Princess Posy know that she has the ability to protect the sea goats, assuring her that speaking up helps others. Princess Posy busts out some new ninja moves and sends the kraken packing. Afterward, she feels amazing and soon has her undersea kingdom in order. She even finds time to play with her new friends, which includes some throwbacks to previous installments. The Princess in Black is white, and her friend group is diverse. VERDICT With appealing new characters, lively language, an abundance of exclamation points, and a lush pastel-toned undersea kingdom, young readers will eagerly dive into this latest series adventure.

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Shannon Hale
Shannon Hale and Dean Hale are the award-winning husband-and-wife team behind the Princess in Black series, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Shannon Hale is also the author of the Newbery Honor Book Princess Academy as well as the New York Times best-selling graphic novels Real Friends and Best Friends, illustrated by LeUyen Pham. Shannon Hale and Dean Hale live in Salt Lake City, Utah.

LeUyen Pham is the illustrator of the Princess in Black series as well as many other books for children, including Love Is Powerful, Pat-a-Cake by Mary Brigid Barrett, God's Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams, Aunt Mary's Rose by Douglas Wood, and Real Friends and Best Friends by Shannon Hale. LeUyen Pham lives in California.

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Publication date
February 20, 2022
The Princess in Black

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