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Or My Questionable (Possibly Heroic) Decision to Invent a Sea Monster
Fiction Ages 12-16
Pages: 168
Themes: small towns, death, cryptozoology
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing
Pub Date: 01/09/2011
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The tiny fishing community of Deeper Harbour is in deep trouble—and so is fourteen-year-old Roland MacTavish. Roland's mom wants to move with him to Ottawa, away from his father, his weird friend Dulsie and his even weirder grandfather, Angus. So Roland does what any sane teenager would do: He invents a sea monster. Unfortunately, the scheme quickly spins out of Roland's control, and he has to go to greater and greater lengths to keep up the illusion. And then Roland must deal with a situation far more terrifying than any sea monster.

Atlantic Books Today - September 1, 2011
"As filled with warmth and wit as it is with folksy charm. Vernon very ably captures the spirit of this small town with the neigbours who all know each other's business but who also look out for one another like kin. He provides a delightful cast of characters who give the story its depth and heart. Roland's relationship with his grandfather is beautifully depicted and the life lessons that he learns along the way are true nuggets of wisdom. Perhaps the most endearing thing about this book, however, is the voice...An excellent choice to read-aloud!"
Resource Links - June 1, 2011
"A sweet book...Vernon is obviously no stranger to word play, and humorous writing...Recommended."

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