However, soon her father shows up with a mysterious woman named Mariss. She isn't scared off by Josephine's pranks, and strange things seem to happening around her. Josephine is suspicious, and she begins to investigate what Mariss could really be, soon learning about mythology of sea spirits, and realizes she must be a Mami Wata or Sea Mumma. Fearing the consequences if she is not stopped, Josephine tries to stop Mariss before it's too late.
What I loved: The mythology here was really interesting, and I loved the inclusion of library research to help get to the bottom of things. Josephine's best friend, Ahkai, the boy who lives next door and is on the spectrum, was another great character, and I appreciated their interactions and trouble-making. Josephine grows a lot as a character during the course of the book, beginning to understand more about her father and his own grief after her mother's death. The family and magical elements made this a great read for middle grade fans.
Final verdict: A charming middle grade fantasy, JOSEPHINE AGAINST THE SEA is a story of family, love, and magic. Recommend for fans of THE JUMBIES, WATCH HOLLOW, and LOVE SUGAR MAGIC.