Absolute Pressure

Absolute Pressure

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by Sigmund Brouwer
     
 

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Ian has been going to Key West every summer for years, helping his Uncle Gord at his dive shop and spending as much time as he can underwater. When he's not diving, he's admiring Sherri, the girl who works at the dive shop, and wondering how she would feel if he told her that he tastes blackberries whenever he sees her. A series of accidents leads Ian to believe that

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Ian has been going to Key West every summer for years, helping his Uncle Gord at his dive shop and spending as much time as he can underwater. When he's not diving, he's admiring Sherri, the girl who works at the dive shop, and wondering how she would feel if he told her that he tastes blackberries whenever he sees her. A series of accidents leads Ian to believe that his uncle is in grave danger, but the truth is more complicated and terrifying than he could ever have imagined.

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"Students who are looking for something action-packed to read will find this book full of continual action and suspense...A good book to have in a Junior High reading library."
CM Magazine
"Takes the reader into an exciting and fast-paced world of deep sea diving, treasure hunting, attempted murder and cover-up…Part of the 'Orca Sports' series, Absolute Pressure will provide teachers with a read-aloud that will capture the imagination of boys while holding appeal for a general younger teen audience…Recommended."
Children's Literature - Paula McMillen
Author of more than a dozen books in the "Orca Sport" series, Brouwer has created a winning combination of accessible reading level, interesting characters and subject matter, and page-turner plots. Here, Ian has spent summers working in his Uncle Gord's dive shop in Key West for years; it has been his habit since his dad faked his death and left. Ian loves scuba diving and he's pretty enamored of the young woman who also works at the shop, Sherri. Every time he sees her, he tastes blackberries, but he doesn't tell her or anyone because most people would respond to his synesthesia as just being weird. The story opens with Ian having to make an "emergency rise" from 93 feet down, a sure-fire way to kill yourself if you don't know what you're doing and a guaranteed case of the bends. The significance of this maneuver is explained in lay terms throughout the narrative so that readers realize exactly how dangerous this is. Ian and his uncle subsequently discover that the valve failure that precipitated this "accident" was sabotage, and the story goes from there. Was the attempted murder targeted at Ian or his uncle? Does it involve a mysterious Spanish sunken treasure or more contemporary sources of big money? One of the most enjoyable characteristics of this book is that explanations about diving and synesthesia are provided throughout the story, so it is educational as well as entertaining. As a result, this well-written book is one that you can recommend to reluctant readers with good conscience and high expectations for success. Reviewer: Paula McMillen, Ph.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554691302
Publisher:
Orca Book Publishers
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Series:
Orca Sports Series
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
635,350
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.90(d)
Age Range:
10 - 15 Years

Read an Excerpt

For a couple of seconds, I bucked and danced at the end of my line. I was like a rag doll shaken by a giant.

Was it a great white shark, twisting and turning me from side to side, like a bulldog with a rat in its jaws?

I couldn't see what was happening. It was dark, and air bubbles kept exploding around my face mask.

Don't panic! I told myself. Don't panic!

I tried to think it through. I didn't feel razor-sharp teeth cutting through my wet suit. So it wasn't a shark.

Don't panic. Don't panic.

Meet the Author

Sigmund Brouwer writes for both children and adults. In his popular presentations to young readers, Sigmund often plays the guitar (very badly). Sigmund and his family live half the year in Nashville, Tennessee, and half the year in Red Deer, Alberta. For more information, visit www.rockandrollliteracy.com

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Absolute Pressure 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book because it was a "battle of the books" book. I thought it would be whack but it was suprisingly good. It has a few twists and turns and it was very unpredictable. The only reason im giving it 4 stars is because it was kind of short and way under my reading level( im a twelve yr old). It isnt just a scuba diving story, its really a mystery story that involves the fbi.
CarlaWood More than 1 year ago
Absolute Pressure is a great adventure book for kids in middle school on up. Although a bit below his reading level, I bought it for my 17 year old son who loves ocean adventures. I decided to sit down and read it and found that even adults will enjoy this great read. Sigmund does a great job of taking his readers on adventures that make your senses come alive all the while making you think about honor and integrity.