Mother-Son Writing Duo Pen 'The Mermaid's Tale' of ‘Mystery at the Lake House’ Series

New Children’s Book Features a Real Mermaid as Part of Mystery
Mystery at the Lake House #2: The Mermaid's Tale
Mystery at the Lake House #2: The Mermaid's Tale
MOUNT AIRY, N.C. - Jan. 8, 2014 - PRLog -- What would you do if you saw a mermaid, and nobody believed you? That’s the question answered in the new mystery for children titled, The Mermaid’s Tale (ISBN 978-0-9837148-6-6) by acclaimed North Carolina author Laura S. Wharton and her young son, Will. The book is the second in their popular ‘Mystery at the Lake House’ series, and is perfect for children ages 6-12.

Set in Long Leaf Lake in Moore County, North Carolina, the story opens with the youngest of the three main characters panicking when he thinks he sees a mermaid in the lake nearly get hit by his 10-year-old sister’s small sailboat. Who will believe he has seen a mermaid—in the lake? This mystery baffles the young Chip, his older sister Lynna, and their friend Jock Avery from the beginning. What they learn about the mermaid’s presence in their lake as the mystery unfolds through cliff-hanging chapters turns out to be a fun, educational adventure for readers with a believable, yet surprise ending that adults and children will enjoy.

“In addition to the fact that a young person helped to craft the characters and plot, what’s fun about this story is that the mermaid featured in the book is real,” explained Wharton. “I’ve teamed up with Mermaid Linden, a professional mermaid of Mermaids in Motion, to capture her voice and interests in ocean conservation and children’s educational programs. She is often contacted by the Make a Wish Foundation to help make wishes come true for children hoping to meet a mermaid. She’s a special mermaid with a big heart, and I’m fortunate she’s allowed us to fashion our mermaid after her.”

The book also includes a fun and easy project for readers, recipes from the characters’ tables, an interview with Will and an interview with the mermaid. This book also introduces readers to fish habitats, whereas the first book in the series focused on birds. Readers may learn more about the series and see a book trailer at On the site, parents and teachers interested in using the book as a teaching tool may download activities and question sheets for children that relate to the book’s contents.

Wharton also writes award-winning historical adventures for adults (which are suitable for young adult readers) including the pirate story, The Pirate’s Bastard set around Wilmington, and Leaving Lukens, a compelling coming of age tale of intrigue, adventure, and historical fiction set in 1942 around North Carolina’s coastal regions near New Bern and Oriental. This novel was named Reviewer’s Choice by the prestigious The Midwest Book Review and was named a B.R.A.G. Award Honoree.

All of Wharton’s books are distributed through Ingram to retailers and are available in paperback or in e-book format online. For more information, contact or visit or

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