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‘Mermaid of Chelsea Creek’ and ‘September Girls’

Mermaids aren’t the new vampires, but they are perhaps the young adult, literary gateway into the sleepy dream world of summer that will seem like fiction once school starts again.

Michelle Tea’s “Mermaid in Chelsea Creek,” the first book in a trilogy, is best read in July and August when we can share an oppressive Massachusetts summer with heroine Sophie, who lives with her single mom in Chelsea, a place she says is populated by “flocks of dirty pigeons and dented old cars; fish sticks with freezer burn and fast-food drive-throughs; scuffed, neglected parks, trash-strewn train tracks and a putrid creek.”

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