Gr 6-9-In alternating chapters, Wolfer describes the dual lives of a dolphin and her calf with that of 16-year-old Melody, an avid swimmer who is experiencing typical teen angst and life with her father, stepmother, and toddler stepsiblings. Ever since Melody swam in the bay and saw Shara and her calf, she's been having a recurring dream that she's a dolphin. In the dream, she is frantic to find something or someone in the water. This premonition comes true after Shara's calf is caught in a net and accidentally killed by a fishing crew that coincidentally includes Melody's father. Heartbroken, Shara beaches herself. Melody and her father try to save the animal but don't know that she is dying when they get her back into the water. Wolfer has done her dolphin research and clearly sympathizes with these creatures, but having Melody become one in her dreams is unconvincing-especially since the teen never understands the significance of her dream. Her problems are nothing new and very conveniently solved in the end, and she is not a particularly interesting character. For much better books about human interaction with dolphins, suggest Karen Hesse's The Music of Dolphins (Scholastic, 1996) or Madeleine L'Engle's A Ring of Endless Light (Turtleback, 1980).-Sharon Rawlins, Piscataway Public Library, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.