From the smartest man I know with an insatiable appetite for books, Tom writes...
"Sophie and I are reading Spelling B And The Missing Magic by Lexi Connor. She is also reading The Tail of Emily Windsnap by Liz Kessler with Cynthia which is about an 11 year old girl who discovers she is a mermaid.
"I am still reading H. P. Lovecraft: The Ultimate Collection: 101 Stories, 45 Poems (Kindle Edition) (see February 11th). I have finished Shadow Over Innsmouth about an isolated town with a terrible secret, and am now reading The Trap."
About Spelling B from Goodreads.com:
Eleven-year-old Beatrix just wants to be able to cast spells the way all the other witches can. But when B discovers that magic happens when she spells out a word, the C-H-A-O-S begins!
About The Tail of Emily Windsnap from Kidsreads.com:
Twelve-year-old Emily Windsnap lives on a houseboat in Brightport Harbor, but she has never learned to swim. Even though Emily begs for swimming lessons, her mom always says no. Finally, Emily persuades her mother to let her take swim class at her new school. When Emily hits the water, she gets the surprise of her life. Her long skinny legs have turned into a tail. That's right—Emily is a mermaid!
All of a sudden, Emily's life is full of questions. Are there more mermaids out there like her? Why does her mom never seem to remember Emily's father, who left when Emily was just a baby? Who is the mysterious, menacing Mr. Beeston, who seems to be spying on Emily and her mother? And how can Emily get out of swim class before the rest of the seventh grade discovers her secret?
Emily is torn between happily exploring the undersea world of the mermaids and trying to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance. With the help of her new merfriend, Shona, Emily learns about mermaids and friendship at the same time.