Twelve-year-old Lise watches her safe world fall apart when her strong, self-reliant mom is injured in a car accident. To recuperate, Mom takes Lise and her bright little brother to live in a rattletrap house on the beach in Maine for the summer. Although her mother grew up there, this is Lise's first experience with the ocean. She's terrified by what may be lurking in the cold depths and confused by the ways that Maine is changing her mother.
As secrets from the past start spilling out, even the solid earth may not keep Lise safe anymore. Lise will have to learn to go with the flow -- or risk falling apart -- in this tender, funny, and wise novel...the story of one family's unforgettable summer.
Jones makes an impressive debut with this sensitively wrought novel about family love and adjustments to change. Twelve-year-old Lise lives with her career-oriented mother and her five-year-old brother, Free, who is a "selective mute." The three of them have gotten along fine without a father (who left when he learned of her mother's second pregnancy), until Lise's mother is seriously injured in an automobile accident. Returning home from the hospital unable to work or even walk, Lise's fiercely independent mother decides to take her family on a summer vacation to the remote island in Maine where she grew up. Lise's brother loves the ocean and her mother seems to gain strength from it, but Lise can't overcome her fear of the icy water until another resident of the island, an "ancient" Native American named Ben, teaches her an important lesson about accepting the ocean's power. Throughout the novel, the author's understated prose beautifully captures Lise's distress about being uprooted ("Like dominoes in time, a single event kicked off an unstoppable series of changes that gained momentum and spun out of control," Lise says, describing her upheaval), as well as her insight into her father's departure and her coming to terms with a new life in Maine. Readers will quickly become absorbed in Lise's conflicts, which include a physical battle of survival during a nail-biting climax set during a hurricane. Ages 10-14.
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