Written by Amy Chu
Illustrated by Janet K. Lee
Published by Penguin Young Readers Group
Trot, a Vietnamese American surfer girl, and Cap’n Bill, her cranky one-eyed cat, catch too big a wave and wipe out, sucked down into a magical underwater kingdom where an ancient deep-sea battle rages. The beautiful Sea Siren mermaids are under attack from the Serpent King and his slithery minions—and Trot and her feline become dangerously entangled in this war of tails and fins.
This beautiful graphic novel was inspired by The Sea Fairies, L. Frank Baum’s “underwater Wizard of Oz.” It weaves Vietnamese mythology, fantastical ocean creatures, a deep-sea setting, quirky but sympathetic main characters, and fast-paced adventure into an imaginative, world-building story.
Read the next adventure: Sky Island (Trot & Cap’n Bill Adventure Series #2).
Primary ISBN: 9780451480163
Publication Date: June 2019
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook
Graphic Novel, Middle Grade, Age 08 or older
Community Represented: Vietnamese/Vietnamese American
Themes: Animals, Cultural Empowerment, Diverse Abilities: Neurological, Family Relationship: Grandparents, Generation: 2nd, Generational Differences, Genre: Fantasy & Folklore, Graphic Novel, Own Voices/Lived Experience, Welcoming by Individual
Setting: United States (Huntington Beach, CA)
Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: 2nd Generation, Immigrant
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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