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The Merlin effect
T. A. Barron
Children's Fiction BARRON

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Blending Arthurian legend and modern oceanography, Barron's (Heartlight; The Ancient One) lively tale boasts finely developed characters as well as fast-moving adventure. Thirteen-year-old Kate Gordon is assisting her father, an English-history professor, in his search for a sunken Spanish galleon off the Baja peninsula, when she rescues a whale that has gotten tangled in the expedition's equipment. That event propels the group into a quest for Merlin's legendary horn of power, hidden in the galleon, which in turn is surrounded by a huge whirlpool. After plunging into the whirlpool, Kate and her companions engage in an epic battle with Merlin's mortal enemy Nimue and her cadre of sea demons, who want to use the horn to extend their evil domain. Barron achieves a solid balance of mythology, environmental issues and scientific research procedures. The monsters are appropriately scary and malevolent, while the relationships among Kate, her father and the other members of the expedition are well drawn and touching. Ages 10-14. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

While pursuing rumors of a lost Spanish galleon and a mysterious-possibly magical-drinking horn connected with Arthurian lore, a historian and his teenage daughter are drawn into an undersea world where they witness the final confrontation between a pair of legendary enemies. The author of The Ancient One (Putnam, 1992) blends a wealth of sea lore with ancient myth and fast-paced adventure suitable for adult and YA fantasy lovers. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Travels with her father to Baja to try and help find Merlin's lost treasures.

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