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Dawn Patrol
By author: Jeff Ross
Selling Points: "Surfing, Panama, kidnapping"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: May/01/2012
Fry Reading Level: 3.1
Pages: 160
Fiction Ages 10+
Price:  $9.95
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The water was choppy. I struggled to hold on. If I bailed, I was done for. The coming wave would suck me in and spit me out the back after it had raked me across the reef. No one would be pulling me out of the waves here. There might not be a lot of me left to even pull out.

Everything stops making sense for extreme surfer Kevin Taylor after his parents die in a plane crash. When Kevin disappears, leaving only a cryptic note, his best friends Luca and Esme have no choice but to try and find him. Their journey takes them to the coast of Panama, where they must confront unfriendly locals, a surfer who seems bent on destroying them, and monster waves. As their hope dwindles and time runs out, the mystery of what really happened to Kevin's parents deepens, and Luca and Esme begin to wonder if they are in over their heads.
Tacoma Public School District - July 6, 2014
"Suspense and vivid description of the waves make this a compelling read."
Library Media Connection - November 1, 2012
"The story is packed with action and moves at a fast clip...A worthwhile addition for libraries needing more hi/lo titles and more sports titles."
Tri State YA Book Review Committee - September 1, 2012
"A good choice for both middle school and high school libraries. It's a fast read that is definitely going to entertain young readers who need a break from the demeands of school life."
Resource Links - April 1, 2012
"Orca Sports books are excellent at engaging reluctant readers and Dawn Patrol is no exception. While I know absolutely nothing about surfing I found myself engrossed in the adventure...Very dramatic and intense."
CM Magazine - March 23, 2012
"Gives the reader an interesting introduction to surfing and surfing culture. The plot of the story is tight and well crafted...Recommended."


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