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VOYAThis book is highly reminiscent of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet (Bradbury, 1987/VOYA February 1988), albeit with a girl playing lead instead of a boy and a boat replacing a plane. Fans of that book and its ilk will welcome this one with open arms, however, and it will probably bring more than a few new fans into the genre. Fourteen-year-old Libby, her mother, and her stepfather are waiting in a Djibouti port. As soon as the weather is favorable, they will join a convoy of sailboats making the passage through the Red Sea. The early chapters of this book feel like a typical novel about a disenchanted teenager, with a few hints that the serious sections to come revolve around incest. They do not. Libby and her parents miss the convoy and are sailing alone when modern pirates attack them. Her stepfather is killed, her mother is incapacitated, and the boat is dead in the water at least one hundred miles off course. This seemingly fantastic plot is all too believable in Tullson's hands. Libby's survival and her maturation through the ordeal comprise the bulk of the intriguing novel. It is sure to become a staple in booktalks and a favorite of adventure readers. VOYA CODES: 5Q 4P J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Broad general YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2005, Orca, 176p., Trade pb. Ages 12 to 18.