A COMB OF WISHES
Sure enough, the sea woman will come for what’s hers.
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 beaches of St. Rita. But when she discovers a different kind of treasure, she accidentally summons an actual mermaid—the wrathful Ophidia.
Ophidia makes Kela a bargain: her ancient comb, in exchange for a wish. And though Kela knows that what she wants most is her mother back, a wish that big will exact a dangerous price…
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Set against the backdrop of Caribbean culture and folklore, Lisa Stringfellow’s mesmerizing middle grade debut tells a story of impossible wishes and magic based in the deepest love.
Publisher: HarperCollins/Quill Tree Books
Publication Date: February 8, 2022
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"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
“Crick. Crack. This is a story. Filled with rich, Caribbean folklore, A Comb of Wishes is a lyrical song of a novel exploring family, culture, and the perseverance and power all young girls hold within themselves. Absolutely magical!”
-Laura Graveline, children's book buyer at Brazos Bookstore (Houston, TX)
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"What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams."
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