I read this in sixth grade for a book report (meaning? I was a tween when I read this), and I remember liking it. It wasn't my favorite book I ever read (at that point Madeline L'Engle's "A Wrinkle in Time" or "Holes" "The Giver" "Ender's Game"), but it wasn't the worst either (I read some books for my Accelerated Reader program that were pretty bad but I do not remember the titles). If I was to read it now? However, I was still sort of in my "reluctant reader" phase (sort of...I was coming out of it). I also liked mermaids in that time of my life, not so much anymore. Do I recommend it? Probably library it if you are interested, otherwise not really.