Shy Dylan arrives at a summer arts camp and immediately connects with flamboyant Coral. They bond over the aquatic theme of the camp and a drive to create comic books. The two girls plan a comic book about lifeguards who are transformed into mermaids and fight for eco-justice in the sea.
At first Dylan wishes she could be more outgoing, like Coral. But Coral's tendency to appear loud and foolish pushes Dylan back behind the scenes, where she has always been comfortable. When Coral draws the attention of the camp mean girls and a boy who is determined to prank the camp's final show, Dylan has a decision to make. Should she stay on the bullies' good side, or should she step out of her comfort zone to save Coral and the show?
Using comic-book illustrations starring Dylan's and Coral's alter egos, this book combines humorous text with an exciting but quite real-life comic-book adventure.
KARIN ADAMS is the author of Frostbite Hotel, Lights! Curtains! Cows!, No TV? No Fair!, and My Best Friend Is a Viral Dancing Zombie. She shares her passion for creative writing with young people through Manitoba's Artists in the Schools program and in her popular library workshops. Karin has also worked as an instructor at the University of Winnipeg. She lives in East St. Paul, Manitoba.
JANINE CARRINGTON specializes in illustration. She was taught the basics of drawing at an early age by her father and continued her artistic education at the Etobicoke School of the Arts, and Ontario College of Art and Design. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
"Though the plot is somewhat predictable, the characters are well developed and will appeal to readers who may see themselves (or a friend) in Dylan and Coral. The struggles Dylan faces with bullies, identity and shyness are age appropriate and well written."
"Humor fans will enjoy the relatable characters and comic strip action scenes in this [Illustrated Humour series."
"Readers will identify with Dylan's difficulties in navigating social situations ... The combination of graphic novel and chapter book, as well as the short chapters and appealing narrative make Mermaid Warrior Squad an excellent choice for reluctant readers."