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Children's LiteratureThe killer sea slams the Malta Empress aground one stormy night in 1898 along the North Carolina coast, bringing out the lifesaving station crew to search for and rescue victims. Sole survivor of wrecked barkentine is a small and fragile lass that's cold as ice, "blue as a week-old mackerel," and covered with sand. Located by Ben O'Neal's golden Labrador, Boo Dog, Ben carries the limp figure to his house where the mystery of who she is and where she came from remains unsolved for almost a month. It is a perfect scenario for Ben's mom Rachel who longed for a daughter and sees this as an opportunity to nurse the girl back to health. But Teetoncey (Tee for short) is silent, diagnosed a vegetable. The plot thickens as the O'Neals seek to stir memories and awaken the "silent as a stone" twelve-year old orphan. Nothing jolts her ability to recollect until she is lead into the stormy darkness of the boat's grave "to unlodge the wild night from her mind." A reference map locates sites described in the story and the first chapter of Book 2 entices readers to continue into the second title of the "Cape Hatteras Trilogy," Teetoncey and Ben O'Neal. Originally published in 1974, the new editions features fresh jacket art that will attract readers searching for mystery, light humor, seaside history, strong characterizations, and intrigue in this fast-paced, exciting adventure novel that has male and female protagonists roles. 2004 (orig. 1974), Harcourt, Ages 9 to 12.