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Copyright © 2017 by Lorana Hoopes
Illustrated by Jaiya Peaks
Interior design by Pronoun
Edited by Jenna Brandt
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The Wishing Stone
1 The Birthday Present
2 Under The Sea
3 In Search of Arianna
4 Rescuing The Princess
5 Gathering Ingredients
6 A New Friend
7 The Deal
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#3 Mesmerizing Mermaids
By: Lorana Hoopes
Illustrated by: Jaiya Peaks
This book is dedicated first and foremost to my children who are the characters and inspiration for my stories. My son Spenser told me we needed to have a book about mermaids, and as Kayleigh has started speaking more, her little personality has come to life. I hope you enjoy reading this book as much I enjoyed writing it.
KAYLEIGH’S BIRTHDAY WAS FAST APPROACHING and Spenser wanted to find the perfect gift, but he had no money, and she was hard to buy for as her tastes seemed to change by the hour. The only thing he was sure that she still liked was traveling with him back in time and seeing the dragons. She hadn’t stopped talking about it since they returned home.
Maybe he could find out what her current interest was and then find a book that would match it. Then he could take her on another adventure. That would be free and fun. He was longing to go on another adventure himself.
As soon as Kayleigh was up from her nap, Spenser rushed into her room to gather his intel*.
“Kayleigh, if you could go into any book, what kind of book would you like to go into?”
Her little face scrunched as she thought hard. “Mermaids. I want to swim and see mermaids.”
The answer caught Spenser off guard. He didn’t even know she knew what mermaids were, but he would love that too. He loved watching a show on television about mermaids and sometimes he even pretended his legs were stuck together like a tail.
“Okay, I don’t have any mermaid books, so we’ll have to get to the library again. Let’s go ask Mom.”
Kayleigh slid off her toddler bed and trundled after him.
“What are you guys doing?” Jackson asked as they passed his room.
“Going to see if Mom will take us to the library,” Spenser answered.
“I want to go too.” Jackson dropped the truck he was playing with and followed them down the stairs.
Their mom was in the living room, tapping away on her computer. Because she worked all day as a teacher, she often spent afternoons on the weekend working on writing her own books. She claimed she wanted to be a author.
“Mom, can we go to the library again?” Spenser asked, tapping her on the shoulder.
“Again? We just went last week.”
“I know, but we need a new book. Kayleigh wants one about mermaids.”
“Oh, she does, does she?” Their mother glanced at her screen and then back at the children. A small sigh escaped her lips, but she smiled. “Okay, I would never want to stop the love of reading. Let’s go to the library.”
After piling in the SUV, the four headed to the local library. It was becoming a regular stop for them, and Spenser knew exactly where he needed to go to find a book that might work.
“Come on, Kayleigh, you can help me pick.”