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Children's LiteratureWith tsunamis and hurricanes in the news, readers of all ages have gained a new respect and awe for the power of waves. This remarkable book not only explains how waves are formed and how they affect shorelines, but shows readers the wealth of wave types with an appreciation and first-hand knowledge that few nonfiction writers have. "Even now, far out on the ocean, thousands of miles from land, there is nothing but wind and water . . . and the beginning of swells that soon bring waves to the shore." With this first sentence, the book draws readers into more aspects of waves than the uninformed thought possible. The text includes what waves are and what causes waves to form, how waves move and, most compelling, how many ways people ride waves—and not just on oceans. Colorful illustrations help explain wave formation and wave anatomy. Petersen's stunning illustrations, breathtaking photos of waves and surfers around the world, plus historical photographs of tsunamis and storm-driven waves, all ensure that readers will never look at a wave the same way again. The author, who has written about waves, surfers and surf culture as well as edited surfing magazines, writes with solid knowledge and contagious joy. Whether you enjoy toe-wading on the beach or dream of surfing a perfect point wave curl, you will not find a more highly-recommended book. 2005, Gibbs Smith, Ages 15 up.