Interest Level: 5-8
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What would you do if you went on a scuba diving trip and everything seemed to go wrong? The most important rule of scuba diving is that if you don't feel right, don't go down. Twelve-year-old Julie Sims knows this, but her dad is in financial trouble and they need the money. They cannot risk losing the money from this dive. To begin with, the customers are one of Julie's sworn enemy, Shane, and his dad. From the beginning they refuse to follow instructions from Julie and her dad. Then Julie's dad gets sick and he cannot take them down to the dive site, so Julie must do it. As soon as they get in the water, Shane and his dad leave Julie and she then realizes that the anchor is not set but there is nothing she can do about it. So when it is time to go back up, Julie cannot find the anchor line to get back to the boat. When she finally surfaces she does not see the boat anywhere. To make matters worse, Shane and his dad surfaced too fast and Shane's dad has the bends. He needs to get to a hospital fast. Can the three of them survive floating in the ocean about fifty miles off of the Alabama coast? Shane and his dad are very mean people, what will they do if Julie gets in the way of their safety? I will give you a warning about this book... once you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down! This book is full of twists and turns, suspense and survival and is a must read for anyone!
I have always loved Watt Key's books because we are both from Alabama. This book is even more special to me because for so many years Orange Beach was a second home to me. Watt Key can weave an amazingly suspenseful story that from start to finish will not disappoint!
Reading Level: K-3; Interest Level: 2.3
5 out of 5 stars!!!
Have you ever had those "slug days" when things just seem to never go your way? What about "butterfly days" when all is great? Everyone has these days, but when you have ASD, or Autism Spectrum Disorder, these days are harder to handle. For Lauren, because of her disorder she seems to have more slug days than butterfly days. Things that may not be a big deal to some kids are a huge deal to Lauren, and she doesn't always know how to handle it correctly. What happens when a new girl moves to Lauren's school? Will Lauren be able to handle this new change? Will she happen to have an extra-special butterfly day and actually get the thing she wants most in this world?
Sara Leach does a fantastic job of letting us into the mind of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is a must read for anyone that works in a school system. This books should teach us patience and understanding. The illustrations are incredible also. They really depict the emotions that Lauren go through throughout her day. Thanks to Sara Leach for writing this amazing book and thanks to Rebecca Bender for the illustrations.
I am a K-6 librarian who is also a book and author nerd.