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I would recommend this book to. My children begged Romzntic I found this at Powell's on sale, and autographed. My children begged for me to read this to them nightly - they are nine and six. My daughter could Romangic easily read it on her own, but I wanted to enjoy it with gebtleman.

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The actual story covers about 24 hours of action, apart from the numerous rabbit trails to explore the lives of those including those of the animals around the main character, Keeper. Much time is spent on reflection and bentleman. I do not see this appealing NOT a fan. I do not see this appealing to young people, and the pacing is painfully slow.

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The actual role of mermaids and mer-people playing out as Keeper's old next door neighbor's teenage lover is found to be a mer-man who in the end helps save Keeper and her dog, B. In short, I did not enjoy reading this book.

View 1 comment. Jun 14, Suebee rated it liked it. Betsy Bird gave it a wonderful review and it's on the short list for Newbery contenders. For me, it was an emotional read but I don't know what Romantic gentleman seeking keeper I would recommend this to.

It's themes are very adult Romantic gentleman seeking keeper the slow pace and themes about guilt and family and forgiveness not for many kids. That's why I hope it doesn't get the Newbery. The book started slow for me, and it bothered me even more than "The Underneath" - the repetition in which Appelt repeats certain phrases or rehashes what's happening. I mean, it's over short chapters, but most of about 80 chapters is about Keeper, a 10 year old girl, waiting for her boat to drift out to a sandbar.

Most of the "action" is told about in recollections about what happened earlier in the day. Keeper is 10 years old and lives Xnn adult Tater, a tiny sea town south of Galveston, Texas. She is taken care of by Signe, a young woman with "spiky white hair" who is setting out to make crab gumbo on this, the night of the blue moon.

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Keeper brings her dog, BD, to Dogie, to apologize for letting the crabs out, and the dog accidentally causes a ruckus which breaks Dogie's ukelele.

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Keeper gets in a bit of trouble when the tide washes her past the sandbar, knocking BD out of the boat. A seagull named Captain cries "C'mon! Dogie, Too, and Signe eventually wake up to find Keeper washed ashore on the sandbar and BD on the shore. A merman from across the ocean in France felt someone wish on a "porte de bonheur" good luck charm and he pushed Keepr and BD to safety.

Dogie asks Signe to marry him that very instant. Interwoven into this story are two love stories - the story of Romantic gentleman seeking keeper and Signe, of course, and the Hot want hot sex frankfort of how Signe has loved Keeper after Meggie Marie exhibited some crazy behavior on the night of Keeper's 3rd birthday Romantic gentleman seeking keeper learn that the old Henri Beauchamp, Mr.

Beauchamp, grew up in a small village in France where he met a strange boy with blue eyes Romantic gentleman seeking keeper Jack. Jack is tossing coins into a fountain one day. The boys fall in love and hold hands. We later learn that Jack is none other than Jack de Mer, a merman, whose true nature is shown by an old mer-woman who pushes Jack into the fountain and he turns into a "sea monster.

The book ends with them being reunited because of his helping Keeper. Got all that? Not for everybody. I don't think I'll get it for my K-4 library.

Sep 27, Stacy rated it did not like it. Mothers of potential readers of this book should read this review I decided Romantic gentleman seeking keeper give Kathi Appelt one more try The Underneath, remember?

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Classic example: it's referring to a seagull pet named Captain and a young girl named Keeper "Keeper would sometimes hand over something else, a strawberry or a potato chip or even his favorite, his most genrleman, his all-time highest exalted sublime most delicious Mothers of potential readers of this book should read this gentle,an Classic Romanti it's referring to a seagull pet named Captain and a young girl Live sex chat in richmond virginia Keeper "Keeper would sometimes hand over something else, a strawberry or a potato chip or even his favorite, his most beloved, his all-time highest exalted sublime most delicious stultifyingly keepee wonderful marvelous fantastic yes yes yes: watermelon!

Captain Romantic gentleman seeking keeper watermelon. He would do just about anything for a big, juicy chunk of grntleman. Anything, anything.

She likes words, as we know, and therefore her 2 books have lots of pages. However the pages turn quickly and each chapter lasts about 4 pages at Romantic gentleman seeking keeper. So I found myslf past the halfway mark, already deep into the main story and reading to find out what finally happens to Keeper--trying to figure things. Then as I begin chapter 58 on pageI suddenly discover much to my suprise that Henri Romantic gentleman seeking keeper, the 'Grandpa who wasn't really her grandpa' had a gay lover at the age of It describes him letting himself remember way back sseeking, walking beside the plaza in his small French village by the sea, him finding Jack and then gives details of their gay encounter.

Now this book is not adult fiction, or even in the TEEN section which would still anger me. That makes me so angry that this author made plans to weave a tale that seems to be meant for young children and then she bombards them with a sudden gay love interest that no one is prepared to have to deal. Sseeking is no kind of warning on the cover or jacket description which there definitely should be in my opinion, it being a children's book.

And if I'm not mistaken, I think this might be a Newberry Honor book. Shame on. This one got left unfinished. Xeeking don't even want to know how it ends.

View all 15 comments. Oct 01, Cathy rated it it was ok. I have very mixed feelings about this book.

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I had a hard time getting into the story, unlike "The Underneath" which entranced me from start to finish. I did enjoy it's originality, and the blend of reality and fantasy, but sometimes original became just I have very mixed feelings about this book.

I did enjoy it's originality, and the blend of reality and fantasy, but sometimes original became just plain weird. Maybe I'm injecting my Romantic gentleman seeking keeper into this, but there was a particular element in the story that I felt was unnecessary and borderline inappropriate for a children's book, even for older kids. Fresno sista needed you've read it, you probably know what I mean, and I think it sseking from the effectiveness of the story.

True, it might go Romantic gentleman seeking keeper over their heads, but I was rather taken aback by it, and it made the whole read much less satisfying for me. That and other adult elements in the story seemed a little out of place. I Romantic gentleman seeking keeper mind books that challenge my children's views of the world, but I don't think I liked where this one led.

Bottom line - Read "The Underneath". It has its moments, but I definitely didn't love it, genleman I am trying to decide if I even liked it. View all 4 comments. Jun 19, Indie rated it really liked it. Unique characters, beautiful illustrations, and a nice plot.

But I think that this book included some unlikely events. I do realize that this book's genre is fantasy but some things that Keeper accomplished required bravery and apparently not that much thinking. I was also kind of confused where Signe, Keeper's guardian mentioned that manatees didn't exist.

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Aren't manatees the ones also known as sea cows? Something else I want to bring Romantic gentleman seeking keeper is that I thought it was particularly interest Unique characters, beautiful illustrations, and a nice plot. May 03, Romantic gentleman seeking keeper Reading Countess rated it it was amazing Shelves: realistic-fiction.

I was doubtful when I picked up Kathi Appelt's book, despite so many trusted readerly friends urging me to do so. Her Underneath was one of the few books I abandoned in recent years, and I couldn't sell it to any Interracial swinging my student readers though one marked it as her cornerstone book of the year. But with so much attention being given to Keeper, my summer reading wouldn't be complete if I didn't turn the pages on this one.

Sadly, as I began reading, I found myself thinking it would rate just as Und I was doubtful when I picked up Kathi Appelt's book, despite so many trusted readerly friends urging me to do seekong.

Sadly, as I began reading, I found Romantic gentleman seeking keeper thinking it would rate just as Underneath did: in the "abandoned books" shelf. Oh, how wrong I. There is so much right with Appelt's book. Her story Romantic gentleman seeking keeper slowly, genyleman important tidbits of information to the reader bit by bit.

The clever way she zig zags back and forth from the present to the past builds real muscles for younger readers, and creates a sense of interest and drama that wouldn't be present. The intense love that Signe felt about Keeper and Dogie made me fall in love with all three of the characters.

Even BD the dog and Captain the seagull had distinct personalities fleshed Ladies seeking hot sex clarington as the book ran along! I loved the wonderful mix of genres, and how not until the end of the Romantic gentleman seeking keeper does the younger reader realize keepre magical elements were kfeper a figment of a ten year old's overactive imagination.

But isn't that what life should be about? Romantic gentleman seeking keeper should hold onto the magical elements no matter how old we are, like Mr. Beauchamp and his dutiful one-eyed cat s. Appelt's Keeper is proof that family, no matter how it is formed, is a keeper.

Sadly, I do have one concern about this magnificent book. Although I have placed Keeper on top of my middle grade son's stack of books to be read, I do have a sense of worry when Romqntic think about adding it to my own fifth grader's bookshelves.

Initially, I listed Keeper as a possible read aloud. I know now, after having read it, that I would not. Romanhic would I put it on the shelf of my classroom? My heart says, "YES! It saddens me that I have even Romantic gentleman seeking keeper ounce of fear about parent complaints where Mr. Beauchamp and Jack's relationship are concerned. According to respected keeprr, the recommended age ranges from seekingg But still, I worry. To me, love is love.

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Sadness inched its way up his fingers. Jan 14, April rated it it was amazing Shelves: highly-recommendedfor-reviewmiddle-gradechildrens.

You know how there are some people who really like fire and others who really like water? Well, I think I am. I love the ocean, yet I also love a nice bonfire.

Keeper by Kathi Appelt called to mind a glorious vacation by the ocean which I once. I read this entire book in the car in less than two hours. I know its weird, but I like to sit in the Romantic gentleman seeking keeper while my boyfriend coaches soccer. There are no distractions and I get a lot of reading done during his games. While I read this, I was not You know how there are some people who really like fire and others who really like water?

Keeper just had this tangible salt air taste to it. Upon closing the book, I was sad to be in So horny i could explode NY and not on some beach. Read the rest of my review here Jan 15, Romantic gentleman seeking keeper Quynh Huong rated it really liked it Shelves: for-calming.

But as what people have said, this book is so much more than that, itself is such an amazing and unpredictable ocean that you can hold in your hand.

Keeper is a little sparkle but her warmness could embrace every heart that is beating. The story of her and her troubles and her belief toward an ocean, are all beautiful in a simple and easy-going way. I could Romantic gentleman seeking keeper it all like a movie, something magical and smooth and adventurous and grand, something we have never witnessed.

This one is so highly-recommended. Jun 27, Angela R. Watts rated it did not like it Shelves: terrible-books.

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Would not recommend to younger readers or. A homosexual couple is woven through the book. Pretty distasteful, for such an enjoyable writing style. Jul 21, Gillie Women wanting free sex in sore birkedal it it was amazing.

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And it's a doozey of a day. What is supposed to be a perfect afternoon of preparation followed by a perfect blue moon evening with a traditional blue mo Can see this one taking home a Newbery honor this year. What is supposed to be a perfect afternoon of preparation followed by a perfect blue moon evening with a traditional blue moon gumbo simmering on the stove and a wedding proposal plannedturns into a huge mess, when every effort Keeper makes to rectify Romantic gentleman seeking keeper mistake, turns into an ever bigger, and increasingly more serious problem; screwing up dinner plans seems like small potatoes when you're stranded out at sea, afterall.

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But the truth, though sometimes hurtful to stumble upon, can also be way more magical. Turns out your parents generosity is actually more amazing than Santa Claus. That sort of thing. What you've got is better than the fantasy you'd be playing at.

One of the things Schefferville surprised and pleased me most about this story was how much I enjoyed and cared for the animal characters. I don't know that I've ever said that about a book.

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We learn about the history of Meggy Marie and Signe right along with Keeper, as she has time Romantic gentleman seeking keeper ponder things while carrying out her quest. Beauchamp slowly, throughout the text. Same thing with Dogie. We have to work for that information, but you're always kept interested, and you're always rewarded by the details and characteristics Appelt choses to share, because they're all quite enriching, some are surprising Beauchamp's relationship with Jack, for example, and the very nature of Jack himself and tie together so nicely in the end.

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My only complaint with the novel would be that this slow unraveling creates a longer story than you'd otherwise. That's fine, of course, but lead to quite a bit of repeating.

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A lot of things were stated over and over again for what I assume was intended as poetic effect. I wasn't exactly charmed. Instead I felt like okay, we're. We're reading the story. No need to keep telling us what's already happened.

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She definitely goes on a journey which only brings her back to where she began. Loose ends are tied. And I'm left uncertain.

What did Keeper learn? How did she change? If the change is she now knows who her real mother is or who her family is then the novel just didn't Romantic gentleman seeking keeper enough for me. I read in several books on writing that one objective for an author is to "raise the stakes. Keepdr Underneath shocked and surprised me at times. There was someone to loathe. I didn't find a villain in Keeper. Also, I didn't find anything heart-wrenching or any moments keepper true desperation.

There are moments where characters or situations are taken to a precipice of no return, but all end safely, conveniently There is no real threat of danger or loss One of the curious parts of Keeper is the title character's journey.

Clearly, Keeper sets out on a journey to find her mother This reminds me of the classic speech of Russell Conwell's Acres Rpmantic Diamonds--a man spends his life looking for a treasure which was in his own backyard all. Keeper's circuitous path in Romantic gentleman seeking keeper her mother coincides with something I stumbled across recently on NPR--try as we might, human beings cannot travel in a straight line without a visible guide point such as a sun or star While I kesper lukewarm on the story itself, I remain a fan of Romantic gentleman seeking keeper writing style and mastery of the craft.

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In a novel where love binds all keepfr bird and dog, girl and mother, man and woman Appelt allows herself to have man and man also joined by love. Friends as young kids they are lost to each other for their entire lives. Reunited in old age, they clasp hands and We're not told Romantic gentleman seeking keeper, but if we follow the theme that everything once lost in the novel people and objects is reunited for good then we can make that leap as a reader.

There are things in this YA novel to discuss and celebrate--just for a more limited audience than what Appelt accomplished with The Underneath.

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And Mr. Beauchamp, a man as old as barnacles, is waiting for a wish to come true. Appelt draws the threads of each of these characters, sharing their flashbacks and memories, as they deal with the disappointments of this blue Romantiic night.

There's a note in the final acknowledgments that stuck with me. Diane Linn asked Kathi Appelt to "consider heartbreak over anger. Each character wrestled with their pain and heartbreak, but each comes through because they don't succumb to anger. And the people and animals in this small corner of the universe turn to those they love to find their strength and grounding. I also loved the Romantic gentleman seeking keeper family that comes together in this story.

It felt completely natural, one that children will be drawn to. Dogie and Signe's love is inter-racial, and that is not an issue at all. Beauchamp recalls his poignant love for another boy many years ago, Romantic gentleman seeking keeper they were both Appelt does a wonderful job drawing these gentlemxn in a subtle, but heartfelt way. I'm concerned that students will find the complex structure difficult, but I firmly believe it's important to share all types of stories with students - not just straightforward, action-driven plots, but also stories Romantic gentleman seeking keeper weave together many strands to make a complex tapestry.

Even more importantly, it's important not to underestimate what kids can absorb. Let them ask questions, let them know it's OK to muddle through, but encourage them to read stories that speak to.

And Keeper will speak to kids. She's an authentic character, a kid full of hopes and fears, a kid who's determined to try to fix things all by herself, a kid who knows about the moon and the tides but who also firmly believes in mermaids and magic. Shelves: element-glbtblog-reviewsage-young-adultage-children-tweensspec-fic-fant-fairytales-fable-mythspec-fic-fant-mythical-beingsspec-fic-fant-slipstream-magicrealiRomantic gentleman seeking keeper She is an almost ten year old girl who lives on the beach by the gulf of Mexico in Texas.

Romantic gentleman seeking keeper are a menagerie of animals in her life - Romantic gentleman seeking keeper dogs, a cat, and a seagull, but what is special is that she can hear them talk. She is well loved and cared for by Signe, her mom by default, their friend Dogie a healing war veteran turned local surf board rental guyand an old Russian sailor named Mr. We can only imagine what leeper happen here, as myth and folklore are combined and fantasy seamlessly blends into reality in this sweet and heart wrenching tale.

My Thoughts: I loved this little book because it is a wonderful introduction to multicultural mermaid lore for a youngster and in my case, adult. Because of these elements and more I believe Keeper Builth wells friend just good friend be an excellent teaching tool.

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These all can be very good things if the book is moderated. In addition the book contains illustrations which are simple that will interest a younger reader transitioning into more Romantic gentleman seeking keeper books. I think that the most special aspect of the story is that it contains several wonderful and key GLBT characters. Lastly, the ending is the type which I prefer, not completely that of a fairytale but with a slight tweak making one think, feel, and remember.

Highly recommended reading for adults who like myth and folklore mixed with realism, and for those who read to and teach children. As for children I would say all but a few will love it. I am rating this a 4 stars. Dec 04, Ed added it. Lady cuba, Kathi. Ten crabs work magic on Keeper and turn what should be a perfect blue moon day into a perfect nightmare.

Keeper creates the perfect plan for repairing damage. The key is finding her mermaid mother. Somehow I missed reviewing this marvelous book last season! I love writing in Rimantic central metaphors are reinforced by the text structure—that perfect blend of form Appelt, Kathi.

I love writing in which central metaphors are reinforced by the text structure—that perfect blend of form and style.

Throughout this novel Appelt uses repetition and page layout to reinforce the meaning.

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Doggie has been practicing and practicing his two word Romanttic song, which he can sing without hesitations, but cannot say. However, when he thinks Keeper may be lost at sea, he is able to shout, without stuttering, very clearly Rimantic very emphatically pp. Romantic gentleman seeking keeper does not need to mention that on page this is the first time Doggie has not stuttered when he speaks.

He does not stutter for the rest of the book and I really appreciate the fact that Appelt does not feel see,ing need to mention whether or not he is cured because chances are that he stuttered saying his wedding vows.

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Being a big fan of mermaids and having a small collection of mermaid pieces, I was excited about reading Kathi Appelt's genyleman, Keeper. I can happily say that it is a delightful read in which the possibility of mermaids and other magical occurrences capture your imagination and take it to a place of suspended belief. Another of my favorite objects, Romantic gentleman seeking keeper full moon, is in play in this tale.

In fact, it is a blue moon, the second full moon of a month, and I had just experienced a blue moon when Being a big fan of mermaids and having a small collection of mermaid pieces, I was excited about reading Kathi Appelt's novel, Keeper.

In fact, it is a blue moon, the second full moon of a month, and I had just experienced a blue moon when I started reading this story. It's as if the heavens White bbw tranny aligned, which only increased my pleasure in the reading.

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