by Christina Henry
Once there was a fisherman who lived on a cold and rocky coast and was never able to convince any woman to come away and live in that forbidding place with him. One evening he pulled up his net and found a woman in it. A woman with black hair and eyes as grey as a stormy sea and a gleaming fish's tail instead of legs. The storm in her eyes rolled into his heart and so she chose to stay with him, and loved him, though he grew old, and she did not. Remarks of this strange and unusual woman travelled from village to village and town to town, until they reached the ears of a man whose business was in the selling of the strange and unusual. His name was P. T. Barnum, and he'd been looking for a mermaid.
Spare And Found Parts by Sarah Maria Griffin
Nell Crane has never held a boy's hand. In a city devastated by an epidemic, where survivors are all missing parts -an arm, a leg, an eye- Nell has always been an outsider. Her father is the scientist who created the bio-mechanical limbs that everyone now uses. But she's the only one with her machinery on the inside: her heart. Then she finds a lost mannequin's hand while salvaging on the beach, and inspiration strikes. Can Nell build her own companion in a world that fears advanced technology?