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Uncharted Waters
     

Uncharted Waters

by Leslie Bulion
 

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Most young teenage boys would love to spend a summer with a fun-loving bachelor uncle in a seaside cabin far away from the watchful eyes of their parents. But not Jonah Lander. Jonah has secrets—lots of them—and they weigh heavily on his mind. Before leaving home, Jonah intercepts a letter to his parents from his school. Now he has work to do or else he'll

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Most young teenage boys would love to spend a summer with a fun-loving bachelor uncle in a seaside cabin far away from the watchful eyes of their parents. But not Jonah Lander. Jonah has secrets—lots of them—and they weigh heavily on his mind. Before leaving home, Jonah intercepts a letter to his parents from his school. Now he has work to do or else he'll be facing remedial English in the fall, not to mention his parents' anger. That lie only leads to more deception. Next he lies to his Uncle Nate about joining the local swim team. Jonah feels bad, but how can he explain that he is afraid of what lurks beneath the dark salt water? Then Jonah gets a job at a local marina where he hopes to do what he enjoys—working with his hands and fixing motors. He even has his eye on getting his own motorboat, but he isn't earning much doing odd jobs. When Sumi, a college student and budding marine biologist, asks him to be her research assistant, he jumps at the chance to make more money. But once Jonah signs on as her workboat crew, he gets into a lot more than he bargained for. Soon he will have to face his greatest fears and finally give up his secrets forever. Bulion's satisfying novel is further enhanced by a rich ensemble of supporting characters, interesting facts about marine life, and a text that perfectly captures the special rhythms of small town seaside living.

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Children's Literature
Jonah 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
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Jonah's vacation at Uncle Nate's beach cabin is threatened when his younger sister, Jaye, discovers that he not only failed seventh-grade English, but also that he intercepted the letter informing their parents before they departed for Europe. Jaye agrees to keep the secret if Jonah lets her take his place on the local swim team, even if it means lying about her age. While their uncle is preoccupied with writing a novel, Jonah gravitates to a local marina, where he meets Bert, the grumpy shop owner, and begins doing odd jobs as payback for damaging a boat motor. Happy to be up to his elbows in grease, the mechanically inclined teen puts his academic troubles on the back burner. He also assists a pretty college student researching coexistent species in the nearby waters, and mishaps plague the pair. When she goes out alone and becomes stranded in a storm, Jonah responds in a climactic rescue. He confesses his problems to Uncle Nate, who encourages him to write a story about the summer's happenings for his teacher. Realistic details about marine biology research and boat motor mechanics are engaging, and reluctant readers, especially boys, will identify with Jonah. Add this title to survival/adventure collections.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561456604
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
748 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Leslie Bulion is the author of several children's books, including Uncharted Waters, The Trouble With Rules, and Fatuma's New Cloth, winner of the African Studies Association's 2002 Children's Africana Books. She lives in Connecticut.

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