Girl at the Bottom of the Sea (Hardcover)

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By Michelle Tea, Amanda Verwey (Illustrator)
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The second book in a planned trilogy for young adults, wonderful for grownups as well. Sophie Swankowski is from a rough town, but she's tough. She's got magic on her side. This volume follows her journey with her (quasi-)fairy godmother - a filthy, often annoyed mermaid named Syrena - to Poland where she will learn more about her role in saving the world from a poet! Lots of fun. Dark, gritty, but ultimately uplifting fairytale drama. Check out Book 1, Mermaid in Chelsea Creek, if you haven't already.  -- Leigh

— From Staff Picks - Leigh


Sophie Swankowski is the hero from the stories she's been hearing all her life: she's the girl who will save the world. Or so she's been told. Now she and her unlikely guardianthe gruff, filthy mermaid Syrenamust travel the pitch-black seas from broken-down Chelsea, Massachusetts, to Syrena's homeland in Poland. Along the way, Syrena will reveal the terrible truth about her past, and teach Sophie about the ages-old source of her newly discovered power. But left behind in Chelsea, without Sophie to protect them from the dark magic she's awakened, what will become of Sophie's friends and family?
"Girl at the Bottom of the Sea" is the follow-up to Michelle Tea's beloved "Mermaid in Chelsea Creek," "a refreshing breath of air in the world of YA, equal parts eerie, heartbreaking, and fantastical." ("ZYZZYVA").

About the Author

Michelle Tea is the author of 4 1/2 memoirs, 1 1/2 novels, 2 Young Adult novels, and a collection of poetry. Her memoir "Valencia" is an underground classic and is currently being made into a feature film by 21 different filmmakers. She is the founder and executive director of RADAR Productions, a literary non-profit which hosts the monthly RADAR Reading Series (voted Best Literary Series by "SF Bay Guardian" Readers), the infamous Sister Spit Literary Performance tours, an annual poetry chapbook contest, and the Radar LAB Writers' Retreat in Akumal, Mexico. She is a former writer of horoscopes and a current reader of tarot cards. Amanda Verwey is an illustrator based in Oakland, California by way of Racine, Wisconsin. She has self-published four original comic books and has a story featured in the Qu33r comics anthology, to be released in 2014 by Northwest Press. Her illustrations have been commissioned by the "Bold Italic," Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and RADAR Productions.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781940450001
ISBN-10: 1940450004
Publisher: McSweeney's
Publication Date: June 1st, 2015
Pages: 240
Language: English