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"This well-written and brightly illustrated account is a perfect pearl." —School Library Journal


Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way to Fame, Fortune & Swimsuit History!

Shana Corey
Scholastic / 2009

As a child growing up in Australia, Annette Kellerman was a frail ugly duckling who dreamed of becoming a graceful ballerina. With pluck and courage, she confronted a crippling illness—and countless naysayers—to become an internationally known record-setting athlete who revolutionized the sport of swimming for women; a movie star who invented water ballet; and a fashion revolutionary who modernized the swimsuit. Wow, thanks, Annette!

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  • Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book


  • ALA Amelia Bloomer Selection