Siren's Storm

Siren's Storm

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by Lisa Papademetriou
     
 

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Nothing has been the same for Will ever since what happened last summer. One day, on an ordinary sailing trip with his brother, there is a strange accident. When Will wakes up, he learns his brother has disappeared, presumed drowned. Worst of all, Will can't remember what happened—his family finds him unconscious, with no memory of the accident.

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Nothing has been the same for Will ever since what happened last summer. One day, on an ordinary sailing trip with his brother, there is a strange accident. When Will wakes up, he learns his brother has disappeared, presumed drowned. Worst of all, Will can't remember what happened—his family finds him unconscious, with no memory of the accident.

Now Will and his best friend and neighbor, Gretchen, are starting a new summer. Gretchen seems troubled—her sleepwalking habit is getting worse, and she keeps waking up closer and closer to the water. Will is drawn to Asia, the exotic new girl in town. Nobody knows where she's from—all Will knows is that her beauty and her mesmerizing voice have a powerful effect on people.

Then there is another mysterious drowning, and Will and Gretchen begin to wonder: Is Asia just another beautiful, wealthy summer resident? Or is she something entirely more sinister . . . and inhuman?


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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Will Archer, 17, is mourning the drowning death of his older brother, Tim, at their Long Island beachfront community a year earlier. A hurricane hits, and in the raging storm Will sees a girl with "green cat eyes, long black hair" who is later revealed to be Asia, the new girl in town. Watery descriptions indicate that she is not of this world and she eventually reveals herself to be an immortal "seekrieger," or siren, on a mission to deliver the as yet unidentified "Burning One" to Calypso (from ancient Greek mythology) and her vengeful band of siren sisters. In the meantime, Will's friend Gretchen is sleepwalking in dangerous places, while local unbalanced teen Kirk Wostler is making premonitions about "the Fury awakening." The first two-thirds of the book holds together: Will's and Gretchen's grief over the loss of Tim, the crazy murmurings of Kirk, and even the deliberate coyness of Asia all seem to be working toward some purpose. Instead of cresting smoothly toward a narrative climax, however, the story sinks under laboriously developed narrative threads and forced plotting. Asia's lengthy story of her life as a siren and an expository excerpt from a lost sea captain's journal fail to tie up loose ends. Plotlines and characterizations promisingly woven together in the beginning unfortunately unravel in an oddly enervated conclusion.—Janice M. Del Negro, GSLIS Dominican University, River Forest, IL
VOYA - Jennifer Miskec
Will and his parents live year round in the idyllic seaside town of Walfang. In season it fills with tourists, like Will's best friend, Gretchen, and her father. Other times it is so quiet that Will cannot help but think about the mysterious drowning of his older brother that almost killed him, too, especially now that other similar drownings have occurred in Walfang. This sleepy tourist town has dark secrets, namely that it harbors a beautiful and dangerous siren, Asia, who remains loyal to both her ancient ocean community and the humans who she desires to live among. Together, Will and Gretchen endeavor to get to the bottom of the drownings, the strange behavior of the locals, the beguiling Asia, and Gretchen's worsening sleep walking. The peaceful setting is rich and well developed, and the characters are interesting. While the nautical and siren lore that underpins the narrative is a bit forced, the story is still inventive. Fans of mythology and The Pirates of the Caribbean movie franchise will find this new spin on evil mermaids powerful enough to make them take a second look in the water before jumping in. Reviewer: Jennifer Miskec
Kirkus Reviews

A dreamy, hair-raising mystery in a Long Island fishing village–cum–upscale resort evokes the traditional horrors of coastal communities.

Seventeen-year-old Will is a local in Walfang; Gretchen is "summer people," but she's Will's best friend anyway. They used to be three musketeers, along with Will's brother Tim, until a year ago when Tim died in a boating accident that should have killed both boys. Now Will and Gretchen try to renew their friendship in one of the creepiest summers either can remember. Will is drawn to Asia, a beautiful stranger with "green sea glass eyes." Gretchen worries about the local mad teenager who babbles portents about "seekriegers" and sings sea shanties. A 400-year-old gold doubloon turns up in a donation box, and an antique bone recorder—the spitting image of one found on Tim's body—appears in the local antique shop. Most frightening of all, Gretchen's sleepwalking, always worrying, has gotten downright dangerous. The more Will investigates, the more he sees connections with generations-old local mysteries—and possibly, incomprehensibly, stories far older than that. Walfang is exquisitely realized (occasionally too much so; narrative flow sometimes takes a backseat to painting Walfang with not-always-necessary detail); characters are defined as much by their place in society as by their behavior.

Classical allusions fit perfectly in this transitional moment of an extremely New World setting.(Fantasy. 13-15)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375897788
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
07/12/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
12 Years

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