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Sea of the Dead Hardcover – July 21, 2009


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416957782
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416957782
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,526,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 4–6—Kehl is the son of Prince Amatec, a powerful warrior who is determined to conquer Temoc, the Fallen King, who sails the neighboring waters of the Carillon. Kidnapped by Temoc and taken aboard his ship, Kehl eventually discovers that Temoc is not the real villain. Durango's writing mimics that of traditional warrior tales with a measured cadence and muscular descriptions. She occasionally throws in a bit of low-brow vocabulary and innuendo that will likely catch readers' attention yet doesn't quite fit the narrative tone. In the last quarter of the book, an adequate plot and decent style crumbles into battlefield clichés and cloying emotion, and the climactic scene is rather maudlin. Much of this book is fairly entertaining, making it an adequate additional purchase, but Durango doesn't quite have her sea legs in this one.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
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About the Author

Julia Durango is the author of Dream Hop, Cha-Cha Chimps, Angels Watching Over Me, and Pest Fest. Her first novel, The Walls of Cartagena, came out last year. She lives with her two sons in Ottawa, Illinois.

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Julia Durango writes books for kids of all ages, including The Second Guard (Disney Hyperion 2015) and The Leveller (HarperTeen 2015). She lives with her family in Ottawa, Illinois. Read more about her at JuliaDurango.com.

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Format: Hardcover
I was taken by surprise by this well-crafted work from Julia Durango. Reading the description, I would not have assumed I would like it. I tend to go for literary work. Even though it's heavily plot-driven, SEA OF THE DEAD has great literary qualities. I was transported to another world. I highly recommend it.
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The sea of the dead is Carillon, the ocean bordering the Teshic Empire where 13-year-old Kehl is fifth son of the Warrior Prince Amatec. Kidnapped from the Teshic warrior academy by the Fallen, the very enemies who--he believes--murdered his mother, Kehl is taken to sea on the ship of the Fallen King, Temoc. The novel creates a detailed and fascinating fantasy world inspired by studies of pre-conquest Mexico and the Aztec Empire. Fascinating, too, are the changes in Kehl as he travels with Temoc and his crew. New experiences seem to contradict everything he's been taught, and people are not necessarily what they seem. Beneath an exciting tale of bonds and betrayals lie intense questions about a person's true character.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gretchen H. Washburn on August 12, 2009
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I am an adult and I bought the book Sea of the Dead and read it before giving it to my grandchild. I could not put it down it was very good.
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