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KLIATT"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.