Becoming a member of the LoveReading4Kids community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unconditional book loving for your children with their favourites saved to their own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop plus lots lots more...

Find out more

Mermaid School

Written by Lucy Courtenay

Illustrated by Sheena Dempsey

Part of the Mermaid School Series

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Humorous School Stories

LoveReading View on Mermaid School

In a clamshell: delightful underwater adventure that will dolphinitely appeal to young readers!

There are some excellent series for young readers at the moment: Amelia Fang, the Royal Rabbits of London, Isadora Moon, and now Mermaid School. Marnie Blue is worried about her first day at Mermaid School, for all the usual reasons: will she make friends? will the teachers be very strict? When she arrives, it seems her teachers expect her to take after her aunt Christabel, now a famous singer and DJ, who was a right terror! And for some reason, fellow first year Orla seems to have it in for Marnie too. It’s all a lot more interesting than the average primary school, and Orla’s story in particular involves Marnie in a very exciting adventure. Very nicely told, and the underwater world is enticing; young readers won’t be able to put this down.

Andrea Reece

Other Info

Visit the brand-new website for lots of mermaid activities -

LoveReading4Kids Kids Zone

We've got some great stuff related to this book in our KidsZone.
Head over there and check it out now.

Mermaid School Synopsis

It is Marnie Blue's very first day at Lady Sealia Foam's Mermaid School, and she's terrified. What if she can't make any new friends, or if she's asked to ride a seahorse? What's more, her famous diva aunt Christabel was a notorious rebel at the same school, and got up to all sorts of naughtiness. Marnie is soon branded a troublemaker by her grumpy octopus music teacher and wants nothing more than to clam up. But when a fellow pupil finds herself in danger, it's up to Marnie to show that daring runs in the family and swim to the rescue. ]

Mermaid School is the first in an exciting new series written by Lucy Courtenay and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey, following the adventures of Marnie Blue and friends. Filled with fabulous fishy fun, this is the perfect oppor-tuna-ty for fans of Unicorn Academy, Malory Towers and Dork Diaries to find their new favourite series!

Mermaid School Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A good book for anyone who likes mermaids. Full review

Lily O’Dwyer (Age 11)

It puts an image in my head of a magical school under the sea, where mermaids and talking sea creatures swim. Full review

Alice Henderson (Age 8)

A lovely short-chapter reading book which is perfect for young readers who are ready to move into first chapter books. Great illustrations and a fun read. Bound to be a big hit with fans of Rainbow Magic. Full review

Sarah Ormes

This book would be great for children in Year 1 to Year 4. Full review

Eloise Hughes (Age 9)

It was a really funny book I liked the pictures. I read it very quickly! Full review

Sabrina (Age 7)

I love the mermaid story! So fun and I couldn't stop reading! The story kept me reading. Full review

Sarah Simmons (Age 6 )

Mermaid school is a lovely book telling the tale of Marnie who has trouble starting at her new school. You will love this story if you like the Animal friend series. I cant wait to see if there will be another story! 5 out of 5. Full review

Elissa Watkin (Age 7)

Mermaid School Press Reviews

"Gorgeous illustrations, an inventive underwater world and a school-based story make this a perfect read for fans of the Worst Witch and Bad Mermaids." - WRD magazine

“I love it. My new favourite book!” Ava, age 8 1/2

“Brilliant! I couldn’t put it down” Harriet, age 8

If you loved this, you might like these...

Mermaid School: All Aboard!
Mermaid School: Ready, Steady, Swim!
Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure
Mermaid School: The Clamshell Show

All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781783448302
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781783448302
Publication date: 6th February 2020
Author: Lucy Courtenay
Illustrator: Sheena Dempsey
Publisher: Andersen Press Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical, Humorous, School Stories
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children
Collections: Let's Get Back to School!,
Other Categories: If They Like...They'll Love

About Lucy Courtenay

Lucy Courtenay worked in publishing for many years before leaving to become a full-time writer. She has contributed to a number of young fiction series, including Beast Quest. When not writing, she enjoys singing, reading and travel.

More About Lucy Courtenay

More Books By Lucy Courtenay

Cover for Mermaid School: All Aboard! by Lucy Courtenay
Cover for Mermaid School: Ready, Steady, Swim! by Lucy Courtenay
Cover for Mermaid School: The Clamshell Show by Lucy Courtenay
View All Books By Lucy Courtenay

Share this book