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Children's LiteratureJonah is a thirteen-year-old boy who has a secret and has to lie to cover it up. While staying at his uncle's house for part of the summer, Jonah gets his sister to help him cover his secret, which leads to more lying. Readers will be interested to find out how Jonah keeps his secret from his uncle. Jonah finds a bizarre friendship in a crusty old marina owner who ends up helping him in an unusual way. Find out how this young boy discovers that an adventure at the marina helps him to uncover an old fear that he is hiding. A young college girl helps him realize that friendship and caring can overpower any fear. Jonah learns that lying does have its price to pay. In the end, Jonah finds out that the summer adventure is something worth writing about. This fun, adventurous book will keep the reader turning pages to find out what is happening. Readers will learn about the sea, boats, and the life around this small Rhode Island town. 2006, Peachtree Publishers, Ages 10 to 14.
—Cathi I. White