A Comb of Wishes

by Lisa Stringfellow

On Sale: 02/08/2022

A Comb of Wishes

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A Comb of Wishes

by Lisa Stringfellow

On Sale: 02/08/2022

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Set against the backdrop of Caribbean folklore, Lisa Stringfellow’s spellbinding middle grade debut tells of a grieving girl and a vengeful mermaid and will enchant readers who loved Kacen Callender’s Hurricane Child or Christian McKay Heidicker’s Scary Stories for Young Foxes.

Ever since her mother’s death, Kela feels every bit as broken as the shards of glass, known as “mermaid’s tears,” that sparkle on the Caribbean beaches of St. Rita. So when Kela and her friend Lissy stumble across an ancient-looking comb in a coral cave, with all she’s already lost, Kela can’t help but bring home her very own found treasure. 

Far away, deep in the cold ocean, the mermaid Ophidia can feel that her comb has been taken. And despite her hatred of all humans, her magic requires that she make a bargain: the comb in exchange for a wish.

But what Kela wants most is for her mother to be alive. And a wish that big will exact an even bigger price…

Don’t miss the novel that Newbery-winning author Kelly Barnhill calls “one of the most promising works of fiction in a long time”!

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Critical Praise

“Imbued with a magic that felt as real as the concrete and beloved world in which it is set, this story moves with a plot that is both surefooted and wild, both inexorable and surprising, both cerebral and emotional. I loved it so much.” - Kelly Barnhill, author of the Newbery-winning novel The Girl Who Drank the Moon

“Captivating and creative, magical and moving, this enchanting tale about grief and abiding love will hold you spellbound. What a joy and honor to welcome this brilliant new voice, as beautiful as the ocean and as bright as a mermaid’s tears.” - Padma Venkatraman, Walter Award winning author of The Bridge Home 

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780063043435
  • ISBN 10: 0063043432
  • Imprint: Quill Tree Books
  • On Sale: 02/08/2022
  • Pages: 272
  • List Price:21.00 CAD
  • Ages: 8 to 12
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Caribbean & Latin American
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Mermaids
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Death & Dying
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Caribbean & Latin America
  • BISAC5 : JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Parents

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