Rescue Sirens

The Book

For Nim, lifeguarding is more than just a summer job. She and her friends are Rescue Sirens, mermaids sworn to an ancient vow to watch over and protect humans — and the best way to do that in today's world is by hiding in plain sight as lifeguards. When the Rescue Sirens receive word that a special human — unwittingly possessing the rare power to turn into a mermaid — has made her way to Miami Beach, it's up to them to find her before she transforms on her own and is either discovered... or lost forever.

Written by Jessica Steele-Sanders and Academy Award-nominated animation writer/director Chris Sanders ("Lilo & Stitch," "How to Train Your Dragon," "The Croods"), and featuring interior illustrations by Genevieve Tsai as well as cover art drawn by Chris Sanders and colored by Edgar Delgado, "Rescue Sirens: The Search for the Atavist" is the first book in the "Rescue Sirens" series.

The Authors

Jessica Steele-Sanders grew up in Florida, where her jobs nearly always revolved around water: she helped care for and train dolphins and other marine mammals, went scuba diving with sharks for a living, taught marine conservation education programs, and spent a summer lifeguarding (but if she has a fish tail, she isn’t telling). Today, Jessica lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and co-author, Chris; her stepdaughter, Nicole; and her English shepherd, Brody. “Rescue Sirens: The Search for the Atavist” is her first book.

Chris Sanders was born and raised in Colorado, which had no beaches and very very cold water. He learned to draw on the blank sides of office forms his dad permanently borrowed from work, with Blackwing pencils likewise liberated. Chris eventually traveled to California to seek a future in animated movies. In the evenings, he draws mermaids and monsters and occasionally writes stories.


The Artist

"Rescue Sirens: The Search for the Atavist" interior illustrator Genevieve Tsai works as a Character Designer in the games and animation industry, currently residing near San Francisco, California. Ever since she was a child, she has been passionate about animation and storytelling; music and humor often provides a huge spark of inspiration for her many personal projects. She enjoys video games, traveling, convention-going, toy collecting, Renaissance faires, indulging in cartoons/anime, and wishes she had an endless supply of Astronaut Ice Cream. For as long as she could remember, she’s always been drawn to the mysteries of the deep ocean, though unfortunately, she doesn’t have fins like Kelby.

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