Lucy Courtenay & Sheena Dempsey

Join Lucy Courtenay and Sheena Dempsey as they talk about creating underwater worlds, writing about emotions and starting school, and creating character connections.
Mermaid School with Lucy Courtenay and Sheena Dempsey

About The Author and Illustrator

Lucy Courtenay works in children’s publishing and has contributed to a number of series for young readers including ‘Beast Quest’ and ‘Animal Ark’, whilst more recently writing romance for young adults. When not writing, she enjoys singing, reading and travel. 

Sheena Dempsey is a children’s illustrator and picture book author from Cork. She has illustrated many books including ‘Dave Pigeon’ written by Swapna Haddow (Faber & Faber, 2016) which was shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Book Award. Sheena now lives in London with her husband, Mick, and her retired racing greyhound, Sandy. She loves to write and draw characters that are bursting with fun, humour and mischief.

About The Book:

It is Marnie Blue’s very first day at Lady Sealia Foam’s Mermaid School, and she’s terrified. What if she can’t make any new friends, or if she’s asked to ride a seahorse? What’s more, her famous diva aunt Christabel was a notorious rebel at the same school, and got up to all sorts of naughtiness. Marnie is soon branded a troublemaker by her grumpy octopus music teacher and wants nothing more than to clam up. But when a fellow pupil finds herself in danger, it’s up to Marnie to show that daring runs in the family and swim to the rescue.

Praise for ‘Mermaid School’:

‘Gorgeous illustrations, an inventive underwater world and a school-based story make this a perfect read for fans of the ‘The Worst Witch’ and ‘Bad Mermaids’ – WRD magazine
‘This fast-paced and sweet friendship /adventure story will charm young readers who are venturing into short chapter books.’ – Irish Independent
‘In a clamshell: delightful underwater adventure that will dolphinitely appeal to young readers!’ – LoveReading4Kids

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