Stoker's Bay

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Sent away to high school in the coastal town of North Bay, Angus is lonely and homesick until he meets Kes Grimshaw, the boy who will become his best friend, and Kate Ferguson, the girl who will become much more to him. But a clash between the boys with the loutish Charlie Ratcliffe, who also has his eye on Kate, leads to a dramatic and fatal climax. The themes of love, loss, loyalty and evil explored in Bodger, Peter Jean's first novel, are developed and refined in this sequel....
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Overview

Sent away to high school in the coastal town of North Bay, Angus is lonely and homesick until he meets Kes Grimshaw, the boy who will become his best friend, and Kate Ferguson, the girl who will become much more to him. But a clash between the boys with the loutish Charlie Ratcliffe, who also has his eye on Kate, leads to a dramatic and fatal climax. The themes of love, loss, loyalty and evil explored in Bodger, Peter Jean's first novel, are developed and refined in this sequel.
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"A philosopher once said that there were as many sorrows in love as there were grains of sand in the desert. He was right." From these first lines in this sequel to Bodger, set in the coastal town of North Bay, Australia, readers will be riveted. We witness Angus McCrea negotiate many things: a hilarious discussion with his dad on the "facts of life," homesickness when he departs for high school, a first crush, a deepening friendship with Kes Grimshaw, who becomes his best friend, and his first "real" love, Kate Ferguson, a girl who lives on a sailboat with her father in North Bay's harbor and who eventually reveals that she lost her mother in a drunk driving accident. Kes is not without his secrets either. His twin sister drowned when an older boy attempted to take liberties with her while they were swimming and he stood frozen on the shore. It is this detail that drives the novel when Charlie Ratliffe, an older boy in town, continues to sexually harass Kate. Kate attempts to set boundaries, Angus defends her honor, and Kes is reminded of what precipitated his sister's death and more importantly, that he did nothing to save her. The book climaxes when Charlie kidnaps Kate and the two boys set out to save her. Charlie dies in the ensuing confrontation and Angus and readers will question whether or not Kes killed him. A compelling exploration of loyalty, truth, love and loss, and what Angus describes as a moment when Kes "surrendered a portion of his own humanity." There is a smattering of swear words and references to sex and sexual situations. Highly recommended. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2003, International Specialized BookServices (920 NE 58th Ave, Suite 300, Portland, OR 97213-3786), 222p., Ages 12 to 18.
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Gr 9 Up-In 1946, Angus McCrea is sent from rural Marrabin to North Bay for high school. He lives in a boardinghouse of boys, studies, and makes new friends. His homesickness is short-lived when he meets Kes, who becomes his trusted friend and confidant. Angus also falls in love with Kate, a schoolmate who lives on a sailboat in the North Bay with her father. Life seems dandy until a boy named Charlie begins to harass Kate. A deadly climax forces Angus to rethink the past, his friendships, and his decisions. Jeans has scripted a remarkable story of courage in which the protagonist faces the psychological trauma of choosing between defending his best friend or telling the truth. The author builds each character with different strengths and weaknesses and weaves them into a plot that thickens with each page. An enjoyable tale of friendship, set in Australia, that will leave readers wondering what really happened at Stoker's Bay that fateful day.-Delia Fritz, Mercersburg Academy, PA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781876268978
  • Publisher: UWA Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Pages: 222
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years

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