Selling Points: "Survival, pirates, boating"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Sep/01/2005
Lexile Level: 810
Fiction Ages 12+
A dhow, an open wooden boat about the same length as ours, is motoring alongside, thudding into our hull. From the edge of the sun, another boat hurtles toward us.
I sense the gunfire more than hear it.
Duncan is yelling at Mom, "Those are warning shots. Cut the engine! They won't hurt us if we cooperate."
Fourteen-year-old Libby didn't want to go on a year long sailing adventure with her mother and her stepfather, Duncan, and she isn't about to let them forget it. Traveling through the Red Sea, Libby causes them to be late and make a dangerous crossing alone. When modern-day pirates attack, Duncan is killed and Libby's mother is left seriously injured and unconscious. Libby is left alone on a crippled boat to find safety and help for her mother. Libby must call on all her strength and face some hard truths about herself if she is to survive and reach land. A thrilling tale of one girl's struggle for survival against the elements and her inner demons, Red Sea is adventure writing at its best.
Puget Sound Council - December 11, 2008
"A suspense filled tale of survival and coming of age for one 14 year old named Libby. [The elements] ring amazingly true and are told with sensitivity and emotional depth. Lib’s story is one you’re not likely to forget."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books - September 1, 2006
"Packed with attitude and action, this is an adventure YA's will rip right through."
NY PL - March 2, 2006
2006 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list
VOYA - February 1, 2006
"...sure to become a staple in booktalks and a favorite of adventure readers."
Booklist - September 1, 2005
"An absolute page-turner."
ALA Best Books for Young Adults, commended
Arthur Ellis Award nominee, short-listed
CCBC Our Choice starred selection, commended
New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age, commended
Tayshas List, commended
Stellar Award, winner