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Summary: Jonah had hoped that he and his sister Jaye would have a great summer sharing their uncle’s cabin by the sea. As his parents were leaving for a trip to Europe, Jonah received notice from school that he had failed English. He kept the letter secret hoping to complete the make-up assignment before his parents returned. Then, there was the deception involving his sister Jaye’s eligibility for the swimming team while Jonah worked on boats at Bert’s marina to earn enough to buy his own boat. Finally there was Sumi, a marine biologist, who hired Jonah to assist her in research. As always happens, there comes a day of reckoning and the truth comes out. A This middle grade novel reminds us of the value of the truth and the consequences of lying.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 13; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 9 and up
Reading Level: 4.1
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: Uncharted Waters is a wonderful story. The plot and sub-plots are believable and the pace is lively. The author captures the reader’s attention and holds it from page 1 to the end. The reader immediately connects and empathizes with the characters.
Pros: This is an excellent story that should be on anyone's best read list. This is one of those books that would make a wonderful Hallmark Presentation.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. The story is marvelous. The characters are believable and the reader will keep it within easy reach of the night table for a long time.
Educational Themes: Adolescents frequently handle the truth recklessly. For the most part, they find it more difficult and painful to fabricate a lie than to tell the truth. This story is about the complexity of the process and provides the reader with an interesting story, recognizable characters, and situations that present real challenges.
Notes: The Reading Tub, Inc. requested a publisher donation for this title.
Literary Categories: Fiction - adventure, middle grade, coming of age, family
Date(s) Reviewed: August 2009
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