Sink or Swim (Whatever After, #3)
Once again my brother and I are in hot water...We weren't planning to mess up the fairy tales. The first two times, we did it by accident. But when our magic mirror pulls us into the story of the Little Mermaid, we have no choice but to try and rewrite it. Let's just say the original story does NOT end happily!Now we need to:- Convince our mermaid to keep her tail- Plan a royal wedding- Avoid getting eaten by sharksWe've got to find a happy ending for the Little Mermaid . . . before she's fish food, and we're lost at sea forever!

Sink or Swim (Whatever After, #3) Details

TitleSink or Swim (Whatever After, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 30th, 2013
PublisherScholastic Press
ISBN-139780545415699
Rating
GenreFantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Fairy Tales, Mythology, Mermaids

Sink or Swim (Whatever After, #3) Review

  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    This book is about Abby and her little brother Jonah going to another fairy tale. Instead of Snow white or Cinderella, they go to the little mermaid. Abby teachers the little mermaid to read and write, so that the prince and his family can understand her. But the prince doesn't care and the little mermaid doesn't like it. She breaks up the wedding and she made a deal with the sea which. Abby and Jonah take a potion that can make humans breathe under water for ten hours. They take the potion and This book is about Abby and her little brother Jonah going to another fairy tale. Instead of Snow white or Cinderella, they go to the little mermaid. Abby teachers the little mermaid to read and write, so that the prince and his family can understand her. But the prince doesn't care and the little mermaid doesn't like it. She breaks up the wedding and she made a deal with the sea which. Abby and Jonah take a potion that can make humans breathe under water for ten hours. They take the potion and go under the water. They find the little mermaid's sisters and father and go to the sea which. She gives the little mermaid's voice back for a date with the little mermaid's father. Just as the deal with the king was made, Abby and Jonah's potion ware off and they were starting to fall asleep and couldn't get out of the water. If you want to find out what happens next, then read the book.I liked this book because the little mermaid did want she wanted to and didn't care hat other people say. She went to the sea which and she got legs, but no voice and she was okay with that and I like how she is brave and kind. I think that this is a great book for girls and people who are brave and know what it is like to take huge changes. You should read this book.
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  • Sabine
    January 1, 1970
    "Sink or Swim" is a really good book. Abby and Jonah have a magical mirror that transports them to fairy tales. This time they go to The Little Mermaid. Abby and Jonah don't like the way the original story ends so they decide to change it. Hopefully nothing goes wrong!I liked this book because I'm a huge fan of the little mermaid so reading a different version really made this book fun. IO'd recommend this book to my little cousin Melody once she's old enough to read chapter books. She loves adv "Sink or Swim" is a really good book. Abby and Jonah have a magical mirror that transports them to fairy tales. This time they go to The Little Mermaid. Abby and Jonah don't like the way the original story ends so they decide to change it. Hopefully nothing goes wrong!I liked this book because I'm a huge fan of the little mermaid so reading a different version really made this book fun. IO'd recommend this book to my little cousin Melody once she's old enough to read chapter books. She loves adventures and fairy tales so this is a good book for her.
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  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    My students continue to enjoy this series. More surprising, so do I. This time we visit the original Little Mermaid tale and discover, despite Disney's Hollywood ending, we WANT Jonah and Abby to change this story. There must be some way to stop the Little Mermaid from dying at the end. Mlynowski does a great job of pointing out the story's morals without being heavy-handed and brings us a satisfying and not-quite-so-Hollywood rewrite. Fast and fun, this series just keeps putting out great tales My students continue to enjoy this series. More surprising, so do I. This time we visit the original Little Mermaid tale and discover, despite Disney's Hollywood ending, we WANT Jonah and Abby to change this story. There must be some way to stop the Little Mermaid from dying at the end. Mlynowski does a great job of pointing out the story's morals without being heavy-handed and brings us a satisfying and not-quite-so-Hollywood rewrite. Fast and fun, this series just keeps putting out great tales for burgeoning chapter book readers, especially girls.
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  • Lana
    January 1, 1970
    OK - A princess story where the princess is named LANA and the kingdom's favorite color is YELLOW!?!?! What's not to like!?
  • Jessica (BookRockGoddess) Bolton
    January 1, 1970
    Really cute kids book but I think I am just to old for it. I love juvenile books but this one is more for elementary age. Still a story that my younger self would have loved.
  • Brooke McDonald
    January 1, 1970
    The book "Whatever After Sink or Swim" by Sarah Mlynowski is about a young girl named Abby and her little brother Jonah who go down to their basement to get some answers to questions like, who are you, from their magic mirror that lives in their basement. However, they get sucked into yet again another fairy tale. This time, they end up having to convince the little mermaid that she shouldn't trade her tongue for legs. I would rate this story 5 stars because it was really fun to read. I would re The book "Whatever After Sink or Swim" by Sarah Mlynowski is about a young girl named Abby and her little brother Jonah who go down to their basement to get some answers to questions like, who are you, from their magic mirror that lives in their basement. However, they get sucked into yet again another fairy tale. This time, they end up having to convince the little mermaid that she shouldn't trade her tongue for legs. I would rate this story 5 stars because it was really fun to read. I would recomend this book to people who like fantasy and adventure stories.
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  • Bookishrealm
    January 1, 1970
    Yup this is the first book finished for the year of 2017! I started this series last year and I must say I'm thoroughly enjoying it. It's not the best writing in the world; however, it definitely makes for a fun read. Here are some things that I really love about this book and the series in general: -The author definitely takes the original concepts of fairy tales and flips them around making them unique and different. -She completely turns around the typical stereotypes associated with fairytal Yup this is the first book finished for the year of 2017! I started this series last year and I must say I'm thoroughly enjoying it. It's not the best writing in the world; however, it definitely makes for a fun read. Here are some things that I really love about this book and the series in general: -The author definitely takes the original concepts of fairy tales and flips them around making them unique and different. -She completely turns around the typical stereotypes associated with fairytales (example: all the girls have to be beautiful, they all need to be saved by princes, they can't do anything unless their kids)-They're all fast, quick reads. I love that I can literally sit down for a little while and listen to these books and fly right through them.-The narrator for the audiobooks is AMAZING. If you're considering reading or starting this series I would highly recommend the audiobooks. -I loved that they touched on the original Little Mermaid story, not the Disney version. -The change in name of characters and scenery is extremely entertaining. -This a great way to get younger kids into reading especially if they enjoy fairy tales. I would definitely recommend these stories. They all kind of have the same format with the concept that the kids get sucked into a fairy tale world and then they must figure out have to save the main character of that story; however, I will say that each story has it's own twists and turns so I wouldn't expect them all to be 100% the same. I really do enjoy these and probably will try to finish the series this year.
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  • Lgourley
    January 1, 1970
    Once upon a time in the kingdom of Mustard lived the REAL Little Mermaid (Lana) who's story didn't end up so happily ever after. In this book, the 3rd of the Whatever After series, Abby and Jonah are on a mission to change the story of the Little Mermaid for the better. When Abby was getting ready to go on vacation to see her grandma her mother informed her that the trip is going to be rescheduled. Upset about the change of plans, Abby and Jonah decide to go to their basement and pay a visit to Once upon a time in the kingdom of Mustard lived the REAL Little Mermaid (Lana) who's story didn't end up so happily ever after. In this book, the 3rd of the Whatever After series, Abby and Jonah are on a mission to change the story of the Little Mermaid for the better. When Abby was getting ready to go on vacation to see her grandma her mother informed her that the trip is going to be rescheduled. Upset about the change of plans, Abby and Jonah decide to go to their basement and pay a visit to Maryrose, the magic mirror. Maryrose sucks them in and spits them out to different fairytales, this time they start their adventure in the ocean. That's when they see Lana saving Prince Mortimer. When Lana swims away frightened Abby and Jonah decide they have to find her before she makes a deal with the sea witch that won't turn out so great. 3rd gradeHow would you compare Sink or Swim with the Disney version of the Little Mermaid?How would you compare and contrast the "true" story of the Little Mermaid, Sink or Swim, and the Disney version?How would you have changed this fractured fairy tale? Would you have done the same thing as Abby and Jonah? Why or why not?What is your opinion of the character Abby in this story? Do you think she needs to let fate happen or change the ending? Why?If you could change any fairy tale story which one would it be? How would you change it? Why?Mlynowski, S. (2013). Whatever After Sink or Swim (Vol. 3). New York: Scholastic Press.
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  • cathy st. sure
    January 1, 1970
    Go little mermaid!i love Abby and Jonah and their exciting adventures! Waiting for that fifth book to come out, you know?? :D
  • Lorelei
    January 1, 1970
    Lorelei loves these books, she loves the fairytale and the mystery aspect to them. They're quick reads (3-4 hours typically) and she has been listening to 1 to 1 and 1/2 a day recently.
  • Veronica The Demigod
    January 1, 1970
    OMG I read the book before this about Cinderella and I loved it how they entered the land of Cinderella's home and totally changed the story. In this story the two kids Abby and Jonah enter the story of the little mermaid and Lana saves the prince but he does not know it was her. The kids try to tell everyone about the mermaid but they do not believe, therefore Lana trades her tail and voice and tounge (gross I know) for legs. Abby and Jonah finally get the prince to ask her to marry him but whe OMG I read the book before this about Cinderella and I loved it how they entered the land of Cinderella's home and totally changed the story. In this story the two kids Abby and Jonah enter the story of the little mermaid and Lana saves the prince but he does not know it was her. The kids try to tell everyone about the mermaid but they do not believe, therefore Lana trades her tail and voice and tounge (gross I know) for legs. Abby and Jonah finally get the prince to ask her to marry him but when they are to get married Lana runs away and the prince marries someone else and the deal with the sea witch was that if the prince marries someone else then Lana dies. Abby and her brother are able to go to the sea witch's cave and change her mind with someone who she can go on a date with. Then when the kids reach land they see and hear that Lana has a voice again but she choose not to be a mermaid anymore. Now (thanks to Abby) she can read and write she wants to be a writer and write all about her life under the sea and make the people in the prince's kingdom (which is called the kingdom of mustard) to believe mermaids are real and not a myth. When Abby and Jonah made it onto the beach they have to still make it home and the sea witch decides to help them and when they make it home, Abby feels like since she just was in the ocean with her brother (helping him make it through) she thinks she can fly out to where her grandmother lives on her own. Her mom says she will look into it, and then Abby looks at her Jewelry box and sees Lana writing in a notebook. Abby's final thoughts before she leaves for school Is about Mary rose (she lives in the magic mirror that takes these kids to fairy tales) she (Abby) is ready for all the questions she will ask and all the answers she will receive... Totally going to read the next book and read the very first book.
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  • MaKenzie Parish
    January 1, 1970
    This a book that is about this girl and her brother and travel through this majestic mirror that is in there basement/ parents work space and when it glows a petty color they can travel to a wonderful book story and help the character and the character they help in this story is the little mermaid. the kids must get the little mermaid to get her to kiss her prince before sunset if not the story will be lost forever.
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  • CrunchyMetroMom
    January 1, 1970
    Abby's not sure she wants to fly solo to see her grandmother, and she and Jonah end up going through the magic mirror instead--on a trip to meet The Little Mermaid. This time, there really are multiple layers to the story's differences from what they were told in the fairy tales, and they have to save The Little Mermaid from herself -- but face a number of crazy surprises in the process
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  • Jessica Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book! It wasn't about marrying someone you barely know and living happily ever after like the Disney movie. The book follows along with the original story, but with a twist because Abby and Jonah are determined to change the original ending. I thought it was a great read and very empowering to young girls everywhere!
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  • Mary Thomas
    January 1, 1970
    Lovin' this series! My fourth grade niece recommended them to me, and I can't get enough of them! I love how the solution seems simple, but there are plot twists and unexpected endings. I also enjoy learning about the "real" version of the fairy tale, not just the Disney one that I'm used to.
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  • Miss Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    A brother and sister have once again been transported through their magic mirror into a fairy tale. This time it's the little mermaid. Can they change the events to make a happy ending? elementary and up
  • ✨Jinglemarco✨ Маркуша - Мишутка (Nursery rhymes enthusiast)*
    January 1, 1970
    2.5Well, I must admit this story didn't satisfy me overall, but it is waaay better than the previous installment in the series! Abby is more bearable, and she aknowledges her brother is a funny little guy (he is cute indeed, even if he doesn't read so much).
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  • Tracy
    January 1, 1970
    Still not my favorite series, but my daughter loves these books. They do have some feminist undertones, but in an entirely positive way, with for example, the princesses needing to know themselves and the people around them. They are definitely fun.
  • Sabrina Medina
    January 1, 1970
    Cute retelling of The Little MermaidThis tween book was a cute adventure. I would recommend for children 8-12. I read it as part of a reading program and was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it is.
  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    Do you know my favorite thing about this series? The princesses don’t rush into relationships. They’re all independent, multi-dimensional characters with different interests. Cinderella loved baking. Little Mermaid loved cooking.Yeah, definitely buying a set for my classroom.
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  • Aliza Heslop
    January 1, 1970
    Best Whatever After book so far! Lana is too funny how she won't lay in her own bed. Good no one drowned.
  • Ava Clarke
    January 1, 1970
    It's a ok book it's not my favourite though
  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    A cute and adventurous series that I have been reading aloud to my younger girls. They are a fun read especially for kids that like fairytales.
  • Laila
    January 1, 1970
    Another great "Whatever After" story!
  • Nyla
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this book because it was about mermaids which was the tale of Ariel. And I love mermaids, and the movie Little Mermaid.
  • Rmsooon
    January 1, 1970
    Nice twist
  • Chasity Manville
    January 1, 1970
    These books are so good on audio. If you have children that like fairy tales, listening to this series as a family is fun!
  • Honey Badger
    January 1, 1970
    Zoe gives it a four bc she was going to die and she lost her tongue
  • Carly S
    January 1, 1970
    I think this was an amazing book! I rated it 5 stars because it was very exciting! I never wanted to put the book down! This book is about a girl named Abby and her brother Jonah who discover a magic mirror in their basement! They realized that the mirror brought them to the fairy tale The Little Mermaid after they messed up her story! But once again things kept getting worse and worse! Will they be able to fix her story and save her before it's too late? Read the book and you'll find out!
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  • Angelina
    January 1, 1970
    5/5 stars
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