The Sea in You (2023)



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15-year-old Corinth was just trying to clean up the beach; she never expected to meet a mermaid.

After the deadly fanged mermaid Skylla mysteriously lets Corinth live, they grow closer through a cautious exchange of stories, gifts, and sign language. Mermaids, it turns out, eat people – but however terrifying Skylla may look, she’s a little younger, a little smaller, and perhaps a little too soft for all that. Bewitched by Corinth and their growing bond, Skylla learns about all the best things in life on land – books, burgers, donuts, and this strange human sound called laughter. But a storm is brewing – both at sea and in Corinth’s dangerous relationship with her jealous boyfriend. A magical bargain may be the only thing that can save them both: paid at a tremendous cost.

An urban fantasy retelling of “The Little Mermaid,” The Sea in You upends everything you thought you knew about magical creatures from the deep – with Skylla and Corinth embarking on a whirlwind romantic journey into the unknown oceans of each other.

From: Back of the Book

Notes on This Title

The main character of this title is a queer teen girl who is fluent in ASL. Her mother is deaf.

An abusive relationship is a major component of this story.




“Sheron’s expressive character designs feature a wide array of body types and skin tones; Skylla’s supernatural physiology, including the way her hair frills when she’s startled and the added drama of her whiplike tail while experiencing heightened emotions, makes for a refreshingly menacing take on the mermaid mythos.” (Source: Publishers Weekly)


WWAC: “So Much to See in Jessi Sheron’s The Sea in You

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