There are many guests that come and go at the Mermaid Hotel, but according to young Mabel, none are as mysterious or noteworthy as Madame Badobedah (her name rhymes with ooh la la). Equal parts curious and suspicious, Mabel determines to unlock what are sure to be her sordid secrets; in the process, the two become fast friends. This is a feel-good, cross-generational tale full of history, humor, and heart, accompanied by whimsical seaside artwork.
Pallas Gates McCorquodale
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