Head above Water

Head above Water

by S. L. Rottman

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ISBN-13: 9781561452385
Publisher: Peachtree Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/01/2003
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 12 - 16 Years

About the Author

S.L. Rottman is a former teacher and the author of several young adult novels. A graduate of Colorado State University, Rottman lives in Colorado.

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Head above Water 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
This is a story about a swimmer, a daughter, a sister and a friend--but most of all it is a journey of Skye accepting and learning who she is. I connected with aSkye, and even if I haven't been in some of her unique roles as a caretaker to her brother with Down's, and I've never had any experience with competitive swimming, her struggle to find her place, and really appreciate what life has to offer even in the midst of hard times makes for a wonderful story. The way she handles things that life throws at her is understandable. She has real emotions and we get to experience them with her. What I really appreciate though is how she ultimately learns from it, and though she's not perfect, the next time she's faced with similar, she is better able to respond. I know that in my own life I've refused to learn and grow, but Skye wasn't like that and we got to see her progress and hopefully learn from it. This is an older book, but I think that it definitely deserves a chance to shine again with new readers.
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Coffee-in-a-Corner-Reader More than 1 year ago
Though not entirely appropriate for all ages (Probably no one under 13), this book is amazing, well written, emoitonally packed, and memorable. Seeing yourself in the pages is not hard, regardless of gender. Skye's maturity is inevitable, especially with watching Sunny, and she is faced with choices she has never had to make before. Mike catalyzes a shift in her judgment, but soon becomes more of a problem than she cares to deal with. While trying to figure out who the people around her are, how to deal with Sunny's disablilities, and (obviously) school, she is also faced with the scary prospect of who SHE is and what SHE wants as a person. I see myself in Skye. Not in the same situation, but the same generalizations and overarching problems in her life as in mine. Read this. I do not care who you are. Read this.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Skye Johnson, a junior in high school, is an excellent swimmer, and is training to qualify for State. The state swimming competition could net a college scholarship for Skye. Her older brother, Sunny, has Down Syndrome. Since her divorced mother must work more than one job to support the family, she is away from home most of the time, and it is Skye's job to watch out for Sunny. He's a great kid, always cheerful, but he does require a lot of time from Skye as she makes sure he does his homework, and manages to get home from school, along with fixing him meals. There is just not much time for anything else...just Sunny, school, and swimming.

Then Skye meets Mike and her priorities begin to change. Sunny wants to learn to swim: he adores his sister, and wants to be just like her, and he wants Skye to teach him how. Life is frustrating, and Skye finds herself being dishonest with her mother in order to find time for herself. She had promised to give Sunny swimming lessons, but instead signs him up for classes so that she can spend time with Mike - only to find out that he may not be the nice guy that she thought he was.

Her life is further complicated when Sunny qualifies for Special Olympics, and his meet is at the same time as Skye's state championship swim. Skye's emotions are on a roller coaster, and her pain and frustration had me crying and then cheering for her victories.

Rottman is a master at characterization and plotting. The author brings to life the reality and rewards of caring for someone with a learning disability in a fast-paced story that is hard to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Skye Johnson, a junior in high school, is an excellent swimmer, and is training to qualify for State. The state swimming competition could net a college scholarship for Skye. Her older brother, Sunny, has Down Syndrome. Since her divorced mother must work more than one job to support the family, she is away from home most of the time, and it is Skye's job to watch out for Sunny. He's a great kid, always cheerful, but he does require a lot of time from Skye as she makes sure he does his homework, and manages to get home from school, along with fixing him meals. There is just not much time for anything else...just Sunny, school, and swimming. Then Skye meets Mike and her priorities begin to change. Sunny wants to learn to swim: he adores his sister, and wants to be just like her, and he wants Skye to teach him how. Life is frustrating, and Skye finds herself being dishonest with her mother in order to find time for herself. She had promised to give Sunny swimming lessons, but instead signs him up for classes so that she can spend time with Mike - only to find out that he may not be the nice guy that she thought he was. Her life is further complicated when Sunny qualifies for Special Olympics, and his meet is at the same time as Skye's state championship swim. Skye's emotions are on a roller coaster, and her pain and frustration had me crying and then cheering for her victories. Rottman is a master at characterization and plotting. The author brings to life the reality and rewards of caring for someone with a learning disability in a fast-paced story that is hard to put down. **Reviewed by: Grandma Bev
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book, Head Above Water and i thought was one of the best books i've ever read. I'm a sophomore, but I always end up reading below my level, but i still really enjoyed this book. It's sad in some places, but I love sad books so that was good. *thumbs up* and It was also a happy very touching ending, so that was also a *thumbs up*. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading very involved books. I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is pretty good. I checked it out from my school's library and although I have read better this is still a very good book. (I recomend it for 8th grade girls)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the book Head Above Water, a book written by S. L. Rottman. In this book it tells the story of junior in high school named Skye who is a very good swimmer and is trying to make the state championships. Her mother is divorced and works two jobs to support her and her brother, who has down syndrome. Since Skye¿s mother works two jobs, Skye has to take care of her brother, Sunny. Everything is going good, she even got her time down enough to make state, then she started dating the high school football quarterback, Mike. She fell in love with Mike until one day he tried to rape her so she broke up with him. The next night at the Homecoming dance as Mike was making fun of Sunny and her mom she punched him and broke her hand. With the cast on her hand she couldn¿t swim for state. She was also supposed to teach Sunny to swim but she didn¿t want to, so she used the money that her mom was paying her to get Sunny a swim lesson class, when Sunny accidentally told their mom Skye got in big trouble. But Sunny did make the Special Olympics that he was training for. I gave this book two stars because it was hard to keep focused on the book and easy to put down during most of book. Another reason for only two stars was because it just ended there was no happy ending, sad ending, or surprise ending, the last page just came and it was over. I gave it two stars unstead of just one because it was written very much like a teenager would talk and think, in first person which made it easy to connect to.