Life doesn’t just grow you up and leave you there, it keeps beating you into different shapes, like the cliffs. The people of Carrick have been whispering behind Neen’s back for most of her life; ever since her father drowned and her mother disappeared. The townspeople say her mother was a merrow who has returned to her real home in the ocean. But if the villagers are right, then what does this make Neen? This pitiless summer, all the talk will end in trouble. All Neen wants is the truth.


Ananda Braxton-Smith is a journalist and children's author. She has written several titles for Black Dog Books, including a series for older readers, the Secrets of Carrick. The first two books in the series, Merrow and Tantony, were Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Books in 2011 and 2012, in addition to being finalists in the Young Adult Fiction category of the 2010 and 2011 Aurealis Awards.


A notable story that is as wondrous as it is fulfilling.

Larissabookgirl Blog

A skillful blend of myth, legend and superstition, Braxton-Smith has created a tale of exceptional beauty. This story will not only appeal to teenage girls, but to anyone who is interested in traditional folklore.

Buzzwords Magazine

Exquisite. A beautiful, lush, haunting story – one that stays with the reader long after the last word is read.


Braxton-Smith has created a tale of exceptional beauty.

Buzzwords Magazine

This is a book to become immersed in.

Centre for Youth Literature

Merrow perfectly captures the rocky, chaotic journey that coming of age can be.

Fiction Focus


Aurealis Awards, Best Young Adult Novel
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