From School Library Journal
Gr 8-10–In 1855, it is not proper for a young lady to sail on a trade ship, but 17-year-old Camille Rowen, raised by her "widowed" ship captain father, is allowed great freedom. The two embark on a last voyage, from San Francisco to Australia, before Camille marries a rich man to save her father's shipping business. Camille discovers that her father has been lying to her: her mother is alive, although gravely ill, in Port Adelaide. The woman is in possession of a treasure map that leads to a magical stone. When a fierce storm sinks the ship and kills Captain Rowen, she and a sailor for whom she has strong feelings are rescued and taken ashore in Australia. Frazier has created terrific, if slightly anachronistic, characters; they are feisty, strong, caring, smarmy, slick, dashing, and dastardly. The plot takes off with the ship and doesn't look back. The sailing tale turns into a treasure hunt with dark overtones and mysterious magical elements that never get in the way of the action. Frazier's descriptions are beautiful: the wild roiling of the ship in the storm, the oppressive closeness of a tiny room in hot weather, the strange beauty of the Australian outback all come to vivid life. This is a strong and charming debut.Geri Diorio, The Ridgefield Library, CT
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Praise for Everlasting: "The author does a nice job of developing strong and funny characters while keeping the plot moving... Frazier also includes some fantasy aspects that will go over well with teen readers. Fans of historical fiction will enjoy this book." -- Voice of Youth Advocates "Frazier's world is gritty and beautiful and enchanting." -- Shaun Hutchinson, author of THE DEATHDAY LETTER