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 4 1/2 memoirs, 1 1/2 novels, 2 Young Adult novels, and a collection of poetry. Her memoir "Valencia" is an underground classic and is currently being made into a feature film by 21 different filmmakers. She is the founder and executive director of RADAR Productions, a literary non-profit which hosts the monthly RADAR Reading Series (voted Best Literary Series by "SF Bay Guardian" Readers), the infamous Sister Spit Literary Performance tours, an annual poetry chapbook contest, and the Radar LAB Writers' Retreat in Akumal, Mexico. She is a former writer of horoscopes and a current reader of tarot cards. Amanda Verwey is an illustrator based in Oakland, California by way of Racine, Wisconsin. She has self-published four original comic books and has a story featured in the Qu33r comics anthology, to be released in 2014 by Northwest Press. Her illustrations have been commissioned by the "Bold Italic," Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and RADAR Productions.