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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Moonfin: Through the Watery Door is a science fiction/contemporary fantasy novel for children and preteens written by L.L. Mintie. Lizzy's brother, Brandon, disappeared when she was eight years old. The Grape family had been in town visiting an odd touristy shop that had an aquarium in the back of it, when Lizzy realized that she could sense the emotions of the fish she was looking at. Brandon announced that he would be taking the family's boat, the Sundancer, out to explore Otter Island. Lizzy begged him to allow her to go along on the trip, but Brandon's manner seemed oddly strained as he refused her. Lizzy is now 12 years old, and she still wonders if Brandon is alive. Summer is just beginning, and she and her friends, Jeff and Kai, are looking forward to their volunteer jobs at the Discovery Bay Aquarium where her mother works.
L.L. Mintie's contemporary fantasy for children and preteens, Moonfin: Through the Watery Door, has a marvelous seaside setting and three stalwart adventurers whose lives will be changed forever by the events that occur during their twelfth summer. I loved the aquatic theme which figures largely in this intriguing and imaginative coming of age tale, especially the year-end beach party for the eighth graders and the great gimpit hunt. Lizzy's geeky nature complements Kai's surfer girl ambitions and Jeff's practical and materialistic streak, and the combination of these three different personalities is a synergistic and dynamic one. As a team, they're inspired and a lot of fun to follow as they investigate clues and find themselves in a series of sticky situations. While Moonfin is categorized as a novel for children and preteens, this coming of age fantasy should appeal to young adults and anyone else who's still young at heart. It's highly recommended.