This was a creative story about a young girl who grows up hearing her father's tales about the ocean. He's a fisherman and when one day he doesn't come home, Merryn builds a submarine and goes in search of him. Along the way she encounters many strange creatures and she comes to find out that many of her father's stories were actually true.
This is a book that goes a long with a video game of the same name although you can enjoy the book just fine as a standalone. The book is well written and has really nicely done illustrations throughout. The writing was good and the plot held the attention of all three of my children. They couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next.
We all enjoyed everything about this lovely story and would highly recommend it.
Twelve-year-old Merryn lives with her fisherman father in a little cottage by the sea. Each day, her father braves the tumultuous waves and returns home in time for dinner. One stormy evening, he doesn’t come back. Merryn has a vision that he’s been dragged underwater by a terrifying sea creature, and he needs her help. Determined to rescue him, Merryn builds a tiny submarine and embarks on a journey through the undersea worlds she’s only heard about in her father’s lullabies. As she faces the dangers and wonders of the world below the waves, she realizes that her father’s stories were all real.
Readers can also experience Merryn’s daring journey firsthand in the new Song of the Deep video game from acclaimed developer Insomniac Games.
Age Range: 8 - 12 years / Grade Level: 3 - 7