Miranda never expected her summer to be so strange, but then she'd never experienced the magic of Selkie Island.

Selkie Island, just off the coast of Georgia, was the subject of legends and myths. Frequently hidden by a thick mist, it was difficult to find, and the small village of fishermen who lived there liked it that way. But on the other side of the island, along the beach, there was one mansion after another, summer vacation homes of the wealthy. The largest and most ornate of them belonged to Miranda's family. 

Miranda's mother, Amelia, had stayed in the house when she was a child. It was a part of Miranda's heritage she'd never known about. When her mother was with the people she'd known as a teenager, she seemed to change into the person she'd been back then. She even started dating the man she'd been engaged to back then.  And Miranda was expected to date the man's son.    

But she wasn't attracted to T.J., in spite of all the people urging them to get together. She was attracted to Leo, from Fisherman's Village, one of the year-round residents. His kisses were exciting, unforgettable. But he was outside her class, outside her world, a secret she was forced to keep. She wondered about the stories she'd heard—that the island was home to mermaids and mermen, who lived in the ocean, and sometimes walked on land. Leo was an enigma. What awaited her if she solved the mystery—did she want to know?    

None of us ask for the things we inherit from our family. They are thrust upon us, willy-nilly, and we must figure out what to do with them.

This booktalk was written by Joni Richards Bodart, university professor, consultant, librarian, and booktalking expert.