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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 690L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 1St Edition edition (May 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385730578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385730570
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

"I live in Oregon, I’m an only child, and I’m awesome. You probably know me: My name is Birdie Sidwell." "I live at sea, I am alone, and I am awestruck. You do not know me: my name is Morgan Bera." In alternating voices, two wildly different girls share the story of one incredible adventure in Susanna Vance’s quirky, absorbing follow-up to her 2001 original debut, Sights. Spectacularly spoiled 13-year-old Birdie is the treasured only child of older, academic parents who have decided to take a year off from their hectic schedules to travel the Caribbean. Somber 17-year-old Morgan has been raised on the ocean by a pair of unconventional Norwegian sailors, who have of late surrendered to the siren call of alcoholism as consolation for the accidental drowning of Morgan’s older sister. These two opposites, light and dark, shallow and deep, come together when naive Birdie is kidnapped by a charming but utterly ruthless modern-day pirate named Nicholas. Only Morgan, with her folkloric knowledge of the sea, guided by the spirit of her dead sister, has the intuition and wisdom to save Birdie. It will take all of Morgan’s intelligence, paired with Birdie’s charisma, to overcome Nicholas’s murderous intentions and bring the girls home. Susanna Vance’s delightfully eccentric brand of storytelling is a cross between Dorothy Parker and Monty Python, with a little Faulkner southern gothic thrown in. At once bizarrely strange and warmly familiar, Deep will continue to resound with teen readers long after the last page is turned. (Ages 12 to 15) --Jennifer Hubert

From School Library Journal

Grade 6-8-Two totally dissimilar girls meet under extreme circumstances. Birdie, 13, is the coddled only child of highly educated professionals living in a small town in Oregon. Morgan, 16, is the only surviving child of a couple who dropped out of life in Norway to sail the seven seas in a small clipper. Both teens become the prey of a handsome, charismatic psychopath based on a small private island in the Caribbean and must team up to save their lives. Alternating first-person chapters provide ample evidence of their contrasting temperaments and experiences. Birdie is voluble and expansive-sometimes to the brink of tedium. Morgan is matter-of-fact and affects emotional detachment. Birdie has known little trouble in her life; she occasionally suffers severe asthma attacks, but otherwise she has existed swathed in the cocoon of her parents' love and attention. Morgan's baby brother was stillborn at sea, her beloved older sister drowned-swept overboard by a giant wave-and her parents have lapsed so deeply into alcoholism that Morgan has taken their boat and abandoned them in desperation. Their individual trajectories to the crude wooden cage wedged in an abandoned well in which they are imprisoned make for interesting reading. However, they pale next to the descriptions of the teens' interaction once they are together and the taut, suspenseful story of their escape. This adventure will keep readers turning the pages to see what happens next.
Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

The plot is pretty bad too.
Amazon Customer
I would recommend this book to any teen girl that cries while reading a book.
gotigers
This book is great with surprising deadly twists and an excellent ending.
Chelsie Lacny

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Deep
By: Susanna Vance

Picture this, a beautiful island known as a Cook Island named Calista. Its small, only a 30 minute walk all the way around, not even big enough to be found on a map. In the middle, off the ocean shore, is a dense forest. It's the place you read about in fairy tales, where the sun always rises and sets perfectly. The only problem is that a mysterious man who thinks he is in charge of everything owns it, but could that really ruin it all?
Ask a 13-year-old red head named Birdwinkle Sidwell or Birdie. Follow her as she takes you on an adventure you will never forget, that all begins when she travels to the Caribbean for one year of her life. Birdie is a normal teenage girl who wants to be an author but has a problem. Nothing amazingly interesting has ever happened to her so she has nothing to fill the pages of her book with. She wishes for something more exciting, something bigger, something to make a best seller and all of that comes true in an unexpected way.
Morgan Bera was born to the one true thing she loves, the endless sea. She fears land and what it seems to do to the people who live on it or even visit it. Morgan's strength and courage is the only thing keeping her going in life. After Morgan and her parents go their separate ways she is in search of someone to give her "official" papers so her beloved Svanhild would finally become hers, but her sense of ocean laws leads her on an adventure that will change her life forever.
Nicholas the Australian shows you the true meaning of a man with two faces. Is that sweet man really a fake though or is it all just your imagination. I mean, isn't he just an innocent Australian man that had the misfortune of some terrible accident?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By a student on April 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Deep is about a girl named Birdwinkle, Birdie for short, and a girl named Morgan. Birdie is a 14 year old girl who lives in Washington state and is sick and tired of all the rain. She has a deep passion for writing. Her best friend went off to another school years ago, but she came back only she's not as good of a friend anymore. Morgan is a 17 year old girl who lives on a ship by herself. She use to live with her mom, dad, and sister until her sister died and Morgan snuck off with the boat by herself. Birdie's family decides to go on a vacation. They go to Florida and meet a very nice, good-looking guy with a big scar. Birdie goes with him on a boat not knowing that he's actually kidnapping her! He says his name is Nicolas. Nicolas gives Birdie certain drinks that make her sleep so she doesn't know where she is. They go to this island that he claims belongs to him. Then, one day, this girl comes to the island. This girl happens to be Morgan. Birdie and Morgan are forced to survive together in a small area. Read this book to find out if Birdie ever gets to see her parents again, what happens to Morgan, and what happens to "Nicolas".

I really, really liked this book. It is told from two different point of views (Birdie and Morgan), which I really liked and it's the kind of book that you don't want to stop reading because you want to see what happens to Birdie or you want to see what happens to Morgan or "Nicolas". This is my favorite book I've ever read! There was nothing I didn't like about it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda Joy Singleton on May 31, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I could hardly put it down. DEEP by Susanna Vance is a rapid ping-pong of alternating chapters about two very different and yet similar girls, one who lives in the rain and the other drifting deep on the sea. The story floats along comfortably until a storm of danger strikes, startling the reader with unexpected peril and making it impossible to put down the book until it's over. Wow! What a fascinating book!

For writers this book would be a great study of two distinct voices, alternating storylines and strong waves of plot. For readers, it's pure enjoyment.

I also loved Susanna Vance's first book, SIGHTS was another thrilling, surprising read. And I was so impressed, I went over to her website [...] and found an opening page as dramatic as this author's plot twist and turns. I will definitely read anything else Susanna writes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By gotigers on September 28, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A thirteen year old girl named Birdie, which lives in the tiny, wet, town of Riverton, goes on vacation with her parents. While on vacation she gets kidnapped.

Read this book to see if Birdie is ever joined again with her family.

I enjoyed a lot about this book. The book was very suspenseful. I didn't know what was going to happen next. Every paragraph had you sitting on the edge of your seat. This book was so good, that it was hard for me to put it down. Even though I usually don't read books that much, if I don't have to.

There was only one thing that I remember disliking about this book, and that was that around the last two or three chapters, there is two people telling the story. I got a little confused.

I would recommend this book to any teen girl that cries while reading a book. (I cried).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By purple on June 13, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
How would you feel if you were kidnapped on a boat in the middle of the ocean? Or, how would you feel if you were living on your own on a boat at sea?

The book "Deep", by Susanna Vance, tells the courageous stories of two girls. These amazing stories tie into one in the end as they both come face to face with not only each other but the one person they fear most. The first story tells of Birdie, or Bugs as her kidnapper names her. When her parents decide to go on vacation to the Caribbean's, she is taken on board a ship owned by a handsome guy. While her parents are on the dock watching she is kidnapped, this is one of the most memorable parts. Meanwhile Megan, who has lived at sea her whole life with her Mother and Father, is now alone. After the tragic death of her sister, her parents lose it completely. She has top leave them ashore, while she takes to the sea alone. One vivid picture that will stay in your mind though out the entire book is when Megan saves a young girl from abusive brothers and takes the girl to her grandparents.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a very well written, powerful book that will show you that you can over come any thing that you set your mind to. Good words, a strong plot, fun to read, and keeps you interested though out the entire book, are just some reasons this book is impossible to put down.
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