Amy Raphael: The Ship of Cloud and Stars (Orion 2022)
Nico Cloud definitely wants to be an explorer, but her parents think it is not for girls. However, fate intervenes when Nico happens to remain on board a ship that is about to sail out to sea… Fortunately, the ship belongs to a famous scientist who is about to embark on an expedition. However, the journey is far from cloudless as the pirates are determined to ruin the crew’s mission. Nico finally gets a chance to prove her aptitude.
Maria Kuzniar: The Ship of Shadows – Secrets of the Stars (Penguin Books 2021)
Aleja and her fellow pirates can’t wait to start a new adventure and find the second piece of the magical map. But they soon find disturbing clues. Aleja has strange visions, but she doesn’t know what they mean. The loyal crew must uncover more secrets than ever before, and Aleja must find a way to decipher the messages and prove that she is truly worthy of her place in the ship’s crew. . .
Anna Rainbow and Oli Hyatt: Antigua de Fortune of the High Seas (Chicken House 2021)
Tiggy has always had the ocean in her blood – and she recently dreams of mermaids – but she’s a posh girl on Fortune Island, forced to wear dresses, go to balls and (worst of all) comb her hair… But then the Pirate King strikes and Tiggy’s younger brother is kidnapped – along with all the boys on the island. Tiggy knows it’s time to embrace her destiny, set sail for the high seas, and save the boys of Fortune Island.
Liz Kessler: The Tail of Emily Windsnap (Orion 2003)
Emily Windsnap is a completely ordinary girl who lives with her mother in a small seaside town. The family’s only friend is the lighthouse keeper. However, Emily’s life changes when she discovers during a swimming lesson that her legs turn into mermaid’s tail in the water. She then secretly swims out to sea at night to practice her new ability. During her trips, she also finds a friend and has the opportunity to find out what happened to her father.
Lisa Stringfellow: A Comb of Wishes (HarperCollins 2022)
Since her mother’s death, Kela has felt as broken as the glass pebbles known as “mermaid tears” that are washed ashore on the Caribbean island of St. Rita. So, when Kela and her friend Lissy find an ancient-looking comb in a cave, against all her principles, she takes the treasure they found home. Meanwhile, far away, deep in the cold ocean, the mermaid Ophidia feels that her comb has been found and despite her hatred of humans, she must grant a wish. However, wishes are not given for free.