Books as food: Midnight Pearls

Nothing beats a classic fairy tale, except maybe a new spin on the old tale. Midnight Pearls is just that. Written by Debbie Viguie, the story follows a 17-year-old girl named Pearl on her search for who she is and where she belongs.

Ever since my grandmother took me to see The Little Mermaid in its return to theaters (1997), I loved the idea of mermaids swimming under the waves. So when I run a cross a story that reignites the childhood wonder I have to devour the story and share my excitement.

Midnight Pearls blends elements from the original story of a mermaid that falls in love with a Prince with a flopping of positions and still happy endings for all.


Pearl is a foster child a fisherman pulled from the sea during a violent storm. She lives with the fisherman and his wife for thirteen years. During that time she secretly becomes friends with the kingdom’s Prince.

Things get complicated when the blacksmith asks to take her as his wife. Saying she doesn’t love the man she tells her woes to her friend the prince. In return he tells her that his father wishes him to marry and that he would find  a way out of both their situations.

His solution. Take her out on a boat, try to be romantic until the boat springs a leak and they both must swim for shore.

This is where we start to see elements of The Little Mermaid  surfacing. Below the waves as Pearl and the Prince are in the boat a brother and sister mermaid are watching. The brother spots Pearl and insists that she is a childhood friend that had gone missing thirteen years ago.

The sister has eyes only for the prince. So when their escape from the sinking boat fails and the prince is in need of rescuing, the sister saves him. She even gives him a kiss before escaping back to the ocean.

When the prince comes to, he says that he will marry the girl who saved him. He thought the sister and Pearl were one in the same.

If you want to know how this case of mistaken identity plays out, pick up a copy of Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguie.

The book has 198 pages and has a middle school reading level. This can be a great one day read of children at heart or a good bedtime story for little ones.


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