Waiting for Dolphins

Waiting for Dolphins

by Carole Crowe, Doug Chayka
     
 

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Molly remembers the good times living aboard Emerald Eyes. She remembers watching the sunsets and the dolphins. She remembers how her father would say that dolphins were a sign of good luck. Those were happy days. But now the dolphins are gone, and happiness seems to have died with Molly's father. Carole Crowe's deeply felt novel explores the conflicted emotions

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Molly remembers the good times living aboard Emerald Eyes. She remembers watching the sunsets and the dolphins. She remembers how her father would say that dolphins were a sign of good luck. Those were happy days. But now the dolphins are gone, and happiness seems to have died with Molly's father. Carole Crowe's deeply felt novel explores the conflicted emotions that one girl feels in the wake of her father's death, and the interior journey she must make before she finds peace with herself and understanding with her mother.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The death of her dad leaves Megan desperate to save his boat, Emerald Eyes, from being sold. At first, she decides to steal the boat and sail away without a word to Mother. To follow through with her plan, she swipes money, takes objects to sell, and encourages a troubled young man named Christopher to help. Everything about Megan seems to be changing. It does not help that her mother's friendship with Roger seems a little too chummy. Finally her best friend, Elizabeth, sails into the harbor. For a moment, Megan feels the weight of the world lifting except her raging heart and the hurricane off the coast seem destined to collide. Around her, Megan spies the dolphins playing in the water. Her father said that dolphins bring good luck. She could use that right now. As everyone prepares for the storm, Christopher and Megan make their own plans. Tragedy strikes as the storm crashes into the island. It takes one life and leaves the other changed forever. Carole Crowe took an exotic setting and created a story with an ever-changing plot. The reader is left spellbound trying to figure out whether Megan will leave or stay. Is Christopher good or bad? How could so much tragedy happen in such a short period of time? Maybe it should not have. The story seemed too complex to happen to anyone including a fictional character named Megan. 2000, Boyds Mills Press,
— Julia Beiker
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Molly is really mad! Because her father just died, her mother wants to sell the sailboat Emerald Eyes that her family has lived on for the past six years, since Molly was 8. What's worse, Mom cozies up to Roger, a family friend who's also on the Caribbean sailing circuit. No wonder Molly flirts with Chris, a guy she sees sailboarding dangerously near the coral reefs at the harbor's entrance. Even after Molly learns that Chris tells lies with ease, she still hangs around with him. She has a plan: while Mom is occupied with Roger, Molly and Chris will shove off for Tahiti. That's what Daddy would want, she knows. Why else did he give her Maiden Voyage by Tania Aebi, the youngest singlehander ever to sail around the world? "It was his last gift to me," Molly explains to her friend Elizabeth. "Like he wanted me to do this." Carole Crowe lives on a sailboat in the Caribbean and knows sailing, boats, weather and oceanography firsthand. And does she know teenagers! A bumpy beginning with grammatical errors, non-essential details, and too many flashbacks soon gives way to a riveting and fast-paced story. The climax of a hurricane described in heart-pounding detail is absorbing, the ending satisfying and appropriate. 2000, Boyds Mill Press, Ages 13 up, $14.95. Reviewer: Nancy Tilly
VOYA
Fifteenyear-old Molly's relapsed alcoholic father recently died in an accident, and she can barely stand the pain and guilt. Although circumstances surrounding his death were not her fault, she still blames herself and her mother, who takes the brunt of Molly's deliberate and cutting anger. One of the biggest issues for Molly is her mother's determination to sell Emerald Eyes, the boat her father loved and on which the family lives. Molly fancies taking Emerald Eyes and sailing solo from the Atlantic to the Pacific. As a dangerous hurricane approaches, Molly, her mother, and their seafaring friends hole up on Manchioneel Island. During this time Molly thinks a new friend, a young man named Christopher, will help her save Emerald Eyes, not only from the hurricane but also from being sold. However Christopher turns out to be a drug smuggler who nearly gets Molly killed in the storm, and it is Molly's mom who saves the day. From that point, Molly comes to grips with her anguish and begins to heal. Characters are adequately drawn, settings are unique, and dialogue is especially effective here. The absence of real action, however, until the end proves frustrating. When the exciting climax finally comes with a wallop, it might be too late for some readers. Nevertheless the boating elements and Molly's personal struggles will pull more persistent readers through to the bitter end. A much longer book portraying a similar struggle with parental death is Judy Blume's Tiger Eyes (Simon & Schuster, 1983). VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, definedasgrades 10 to 12). 2000, Boyds Mills, Ages 12 to 18, 139p, $14.95. Reviewer: Diane Tuccillo

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563978470
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
02/01/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Carole Crowe is also the author of Sharp Horns on the Moon, a New York Public Library Best Books for The Teen, and Groover's Heart, which Booklist describes as a "coming-of-age tale both moving and fun." She lives in Florida.

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