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A Swirl of Ocean Hardcover – August 6, 2019
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Twelve-year-old Summer loves the ocean. The smell, the immensity, the feeling she gets when she dives beneath the surface. She has lived in Barnes Bluff Bay since she was two years old, when Lindy found her on the beach. It's been the two of them ever since. But now, ten years later, Summer feels uncertainty about her place with Lindy and starts to wonder about where she came from. One night, Summer goes for a swim and gets caught in a riptide, swallowing mouthfuls of seawater. And that night, she dreams of a girl. A girl her age living in the same town, but not in the same time. Summer's not persuaded that this girl is real, but something about her feels familiar.
Summer dreams again and again about this girl, Tink, and becomes convinced that she is connected to her past. As she sees Tink struggle with her sister growing away from her and her friends starting to pair off, Summer must come to terms with her own evolving home life and discover how the bonds that make us family can help heal the wounds of the past.
From Melissa Sarno, the author of Just Under the Clouds, comes a new story of discovery, family, and finding where you belong.
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"[A] deeply affecting novel with honest emotion. Propelled by authentic characters, the adroitly woven plot meshes past and present, dreams and reality, and love and friendship. [A]n involving, bracing summer tale for all seasons."--Publishers Weekly
"[R]ich with imagery and thoughtful contemplations...the way in which Summer ends up being connected to Tink highlight[s] the dreamy tranquility of the girls’ seaside town."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
About the Author
- Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 6, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1524720127
- ISBN-13 : 978-1524720124
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Lexile measure : 690L
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.75 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,487,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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While this book has the clear sense of place and striking language that fans of JUST UNDER THE CLOUDS will recognize, it’s a very different book in many exciting ways, with a touch of magic and a fascinating mystery at its core. This is the story of 12-year-old Summer, who was found washed up on the shore when she was two years old by a woman named Lindy, who is the only family she’s ever known. But now, Lindy wants to change everything by letting her annoying boyfriend move in so it’s no longer just the two of them, and after getting caught in the current and swallowing a lot of ocean water, Summer begins dreaming about a girl named Tink and the summer she spent at Barnes Bluff Bay many years before, when she was the same age Summer is now. Summer becomes convinced that these dreams are connected to her own story and might reveal who she was before she became Lindy’s.
Dream sections are woven into the main narrative, and they’re so compelling, both because of the mystery of how they’re connected to Summer and because Tink’s experience as a twelve-year-old complements Summer’s so beautifully: both are grappling with different kinds of changes in the people and world around them, and both long to hold onto aspects of their childhood in poignant ways. I love the way the novel ends—everything comes together in a powerful, satisfying way, and the balance of what gets revealed and what stays unknowable felt just right to me.
This book reads slightly older than Sarno’s debut, and I think it’s a perfect choice for 10-12 year old readers, especially, who will relate to the kinds of change Summer and Tink are faced with. I couldn’t put it down!