A Sandy Grave

A Sandy Grave

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The anticipation of summer vacation can put anyone in a great mood with the excitement of adventures especially at the beach. But what is a group of friends to do when they discover mysterious men poaching whale teeth at the beach?
Suggested age range for readers: 8-12

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ISBN-13: 9781616334550
Publisher: Guardian Angel Publishing
Publication date: 01/20/2014
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 24
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.06(d)

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A Sandy Grave 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Penelope_Anne_Cole More than 1 year ago
A Sandy Grave, by Donna McDine and illustrated by Julie Hammond, is a new Chapbook for ‘Tweens by the author of Hockey Agony, Powder Monkey, and The Golden Pathway. All of Ms. McDine’s books have the theme of doing the right thing at the right time for the right reasons. A Sandy Grave continues her themes of young people dealing with – and surviving – personal and societal injustice. Leah joins two friends and their families for a beach vacation. On her first day there, the beach is filled with “looky-loos” staring at a beached dead whale. While walking down the beach to get a closer look, Leah sees two individuals representing the dregs of humanity, and I don’t say that lightly. In my book, poachers are in the same category as murderers. They kill wildlife for greed and diminish our natural world and our collective humanity. Leah feels a shudder that tells her these men are up to no good. “Leah tried to shake off the creepy feeling that was radiating down her back and arms. Grandma always said if something doesn’t seem right trust your instincts. Every inch of Leah screamed that she was right on the money.” You’ll have to read the book to see how this story plays out, but I’ll tell you this much -- Leah does the right thing! The artwork by Julie Hammond is light and frothy in contrast to the dark side of life that we glimpse. You see the ocean breeze in the girls’ hair and the sparkle in their eyes. Their stylish summer clothes help lighten the evil lurking in the background. They’re ready for a fun vacation and maybe even an adventure. This story has bravery, confronting injustice, and, yes, ‘tweens doing the right thing for the right reasons at the right time. For teachers and parents, this book addresses themes of social injustice, right and wrong, protecting wildlife, living in harmony with nature, decision-making, meeting challenges, and supporting your friends in trying situations. I wholeheartedly recommend this and all of Ms. McDine’s books for Tweens.
PurplePassionFlowerReader More than 1 year ago
A Sandy Grave is an adventurous tale that takes place during summer vacation. The story begins with Leah joining her friends Haley and Nicole. They stumbled upon something unsettling as they walked onto the beach. As a result, their time at the beach turns out to be more mysterious, daring, and educational than they could anticipate. I enjoyed reading A Sandy Grave. Donna added to the allure of the story with each page as she pulled me deeper into the storyline. As with any children’s book, illustrations can create an atmosphere that allows the story to leap from the page. Julie Hammond’s illustrations were a perfect collaboration. To this day, many of the books that I have read during my childhood are my favorite stories. I am happy to say that A Sandy Grave is now a part of those cherished stories. I highly recommend this book to readers 8-12.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Donna M. McDine takes us on a holiday to the seaside with her book, The Sandy Grave. Leah, Nicole and Haley are excited about their summer break. This time they have planned it to be a seaside break. Apart from being a breezy holiday story, the book also exposes the harm caused by poaching and what it does to marine life. A healthy marine life is a necessity to save the Earth's crippled environment. The story reveals how certain men steal a whale's teeth and the courage of the girls who try to help the authorities catch the poachers. It is a relevant theme and something that is happening around us all the time. This is a well written book with a clear message. Poaching is illegal and it is dangerous for anyone to be caught by the poachers. This story shows the fearlessness of the girls who see the poachers dig and hide a bag in the sand, and in helping the officials find the whale's teeth. The story is simple, but the message conveyed is powerful. The elegant illustrations not only capture the essence of the story, but also breathe life into the characters and the scenes. The story is also an example of doing the right thing at the right time. The book is an enjoyable read and makes children aware of poaching and illegalities associated with it. During times of dwindling marine life and plants, it is important to save them. This book teaches children to protect marine life and endangered animals.