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Girl at the Bottom of the Sea (Paperback)

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By Michelle Tea, Amanda Verwey (Illustrator)
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Sophie Swankowski is the hero from the stories she's been hearing all her life: she's the girl who will save the world. Or so she's been told. Now she and her unlikely guardian--the gruff, filthy mermaid Syrena--must travel the pitch-black seas from broken-down Chelsea, Massachusetts, to Syrena's homeland in Poland. Along the way, Syrena will reveal the terrible truth about her past, and teach Sophie about the ages-old source of her newly discovered power. But left behind in Chelsea, without Sophie to protect them from the dark magic she's awakened, what will become of Sophie's friends and family?

Girl at the Bottom of the Sea is the follow-up to Michelle Tea's beloved Mermaid in Chelsea Creek, "a refreshing breath of air in the world of YA, equal parts eerie, heartbreaking, and fantastical." (ZYZZYVA).

About the Author

Michelle Tea is the author of memoirs, novels, poetry, and, most recently, the essay collection How to Grow Up. She is the founder and executive director of RADAR Productions, a literary nonprofit, and editor of Sister Spit Books, an imprint of City Lights. She is a former writer of horoscopes and a current reader of tarot cards. She lives in Los Angeles. Amanda Verwey is an illustrator and cartoonist based in Los Angeles. She has published four comic books, has a short story in the Qu33r anthology (Northwest Press, 2014), and her illustrations are featured in the opening credits of the Valencia movie. She is a graduate of the Mills College Book Art Program. You can see more of her work at

Product Details
ISBN: 9781940450513
ISBN-10: 1940450519
Publisher: McSweeney's
Publication Date: April 4th, 2017
Pages: 251
Language: English