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Nancy Sakaduski

  • Bethany Beach Books 99 Garfield Pkwy Bethany Beach, DE, 19930 United States (map)

Meet Nancy Sakaduski,  children's author of The Mermaid in Rehoboth Bay, on June 21st from 6:30pm-8:30pm.

The Mermaid in Rehoboth Bay

A storm has hit coastal Delaware and washed a young mermaid named Nibi across land and into Rehoboth Bay, separating her from her family, friends, and ocean home. Terra, a young girl who lives nearby, is afraid of the water, so she misses out on swimming with her friends and wading in the bay to collect shells. The two discover each other, become friends, and find a way to solve their problems together.

The Mermaid in Rehoboth Bay is a story that celebrates the beauty of the sea and tidal areas and depicts two strong female characters who are able to confront their fears and achieve their goals on their own. Great care has been taken to depict realistic, age-appropriate child-like characters that readers will identify with. The story addresses themes of friendship, girl empowerment, respect for differences, love of nature, and overcoming fears to achieve your goals.

Children will love the highly detailed illustrations that depict two parallel story lines–one that follows a girl who lives near the sea but is afraid of the water, and one that follows a child-like mermaid who finds herself far from home. There are no Prince Charming saviors here, no adults swooping in to save the day. The child characters work out a solution together. And while there are many lessons to be learned, young readers will discover them on their own.


This book is beautifully illustrated and laid out, making it a pleasure to linger over each page, explore the paintings, and then eagerly move on to the next page. Masterfully executed. It’s a pleasure to move from front cover to back cover. -Delaware Press Association judge, when awarding The Mermaid in Rehoboth Bay 1st place for book design.

About Nancy
From Nancy's Goodreads

Nancy Sakaduski has published 100+ articles and 24 books. She co-wrote Scientific English with Robert A. Day. Most recently, she authored How to Write Winning Short Stories, which is based on her experiences running the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest and working with dozens of writers to perfect their short stories.

Nancy has a B.A. in Communications from the University of Maryland and an Executive M.B.A. from Loyola College. She currently resides in Chadds Ford, PA, and Lewes, DE.

In 2012 she founded Cat & Mouse Press, a small regional publishing company, to create books that are engaging, entertaining, or just plain fun. The company publishes short story anthologies, beach reads, children's books, and regional journals. Cat & Mouse Press also publishes collections of short stories selected by a panel of judges from entries to an annual competition.

AWARDS: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Award for Nonfiction, 1995, for article "Mapping the Mind"; Best Social Studies Book of the Year designation from Society of School Librarians International, 2003 CALIFORNIA COLLECTION. Passport to History: Ancient Greece named best social studies book for the year 2000 by the Society of School Librarians International. The Beach House was awarded a first place for editing in 2014 by Delaware Press Association and a national first place by the National Federation of Press Women. A Rehoboth ABC received a first place for children's fiction in 2014 from Delaware Press Association.

Earlier Event: June 20
Penny Clover Petersen
Later Event: June 22
Karen Neary Smithson