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Sweetwater
     

Sweetwater

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by Laurence Yep, Julia Noonan (Illustrator)
 

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On the planet Harmony, Tyree and his people are fighting to survive. Their beautiful world holds terrible dangers -- vicious sea creatures, diminishing food supplies, and, at the heart of it all, a rising tide that will soon destroy the city where they cling to their way of life.

Tyree has secretly befriended Amadeus, the greatest songmaster of the native alien race

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On the planet Harmony, Tyree and his people are fighting to survive. Their beautiful world holds terrible dangers -- vicious sea creatures, diminishing food supplies, and, at the heart of it all, a rising tide that will soon destroy the city where they cling to their way of life.

Tyree has secretly befriended Amadeus, the greatest songmaster of the native alien race. Amadeus teaches Tyree about the power of music, and, to Tyree's blind sister, he gives an awesome treasure. But his gift kindles the fears of Tyree's people -- fears more dangerous than the sea itself. Tyree must help his people before they tear their community apart.

In this richly inventive science-fiction novel, acclaimed children's author Laurence Yep creates a future world that is as haunting and as powerful as the song that Tyree learns to play -- Sweetwater.

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Children's Literature
Terrible dangers await those who live on the planet of Harmony. Don't let the name of the planet fool you. There are great dangers that face the inhabitants every day, and a tide that is getting larger and larger and will soon wipe out the entire city where Tyree and his people live. Tyree's friend, Amadeus, teaches him the song "Sweetwater" and the power of music. What a wonderful gift to give someone; however, what is looked upon as a gift to some, fuels the fears of others. Fear begins to take over the people thoughts and Tyree must find a way to save his people from themselves and from the impending disasters. This young boy who is both naive and simple must accept the reality of the dangers of prejudice. He must identify what is really important in his life and find the courage to protect it. Astonishing, lifelike descriptions add believability to the characters and the reader can actually envision himself as part of the city. This science fiction novel will hold the reader's interest from the first to the last page. Both boys and girls will enjoy reading this novel and will want to read more by Laurence Yep. I highly recommend this to be part of any classroom library. It will hook even the most reluctant reader. Words like terrific, wow, and fantastic come to mind when I think of this book! 2003, HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 10 up.
— Kathie M. Josephs

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064401357
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/1983
Series:
A Trophy Bk.
Pages:
100
Product dimensions:
6.11(w) x 8.11(h) x 1.11(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Laurence Yep is the acclaimed author of more than sixty books for young people and a winner of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. His illustrious list of novels includes the Newbery Honor Books Dragonwings and Dragon's Gate; The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906, a Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee; and The Dragon's Child: A Story of Angel Island, which he cowrote with his niece, Dr. Kathleen S. Yep, and was named a New York Public Library's "One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing" and a Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Book.

Mr. Yep grew up in San Francisco, where he was born. He attended Marquette University, graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and received his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He lives in Pacific Grove, California, with his wife, the writer Joanne Ryder.

Julia Noonan's many award-winning books for children include Baby Bat's Lullaby by Jacquelyn Mitchard and When the Moon is High by Alice Schertle. Her own books include The Very Best Doll and Hare and Rabbit: Friends Forever. Ms. Noonan has two children and makes her home in Stony Brook, New York.

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