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ISBN13: 9780763649081
ISBN10: 0763649082
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"From the perspective of sophomore Maggie Paris — with occasional interludes from the spirit of her sister, Leah, who drowned at age nine — Baskin (All We Know of Love) writes an unsettling novel that shows the impact of guilt and childhood trauma. Maggie is an excellent swimmer, a top contender on her school's team, and people she barely knows tend to confide in her ('Maggie knew, even if no one else understood, that this kind of intimacy made people resent her'). Haunted by regret over not being able to save Leah's life, Maggie feels distant from others and is reluctant to build a solid relationship with a boy who is interested in her. Maggie is a sympathetic, psychologically complex heroine; her self-destructive impulses, coupled with recurring reminders of loss and death (including flashbacks to her sister's accident), create a bleak atmosphere. The passages from Maggie's sister, presented as a collection of memories, cast the family's vision of Leah in an intriguing new light, but are only peripherally related to Maggie's immediate concerns. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Nancy Gallt Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Nora Raleigh Baskin is the acclaimed author of several novels for young readers, including All We Know of Love. About Surfacing, she says, "The traumas I have experienced in my life seem to continually surface and demand to be told, and retold, in different forms. Each time, I find myself having to face something I hadnt understood before." Nora Raleigh Baskin lives in New York State.

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Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks, March 12, 2013 (view all comments by Candace @ LoveyDoveyBooks)
Surfacing is a deeply moving novel that young adults will truly appreciate. Nora Raleigh Baskin strikes the perfect balance between the struggles of a teen and her grieving family and the typical teen experience. Maggie believes she has the ability to draw people to her just to have them reveal their most personal secrets. Her only solace lies in swimming, her one true friend Julie, and her obsessive crush on captain of the wrestling team, Matthew.

With a solemn opening in the voice of Maggie's older sister Leah, readers are drawn into the heart of the story. Baskin gets to the point quickly, pushing readers through meaningful connections between Leah's drowning and how Maggie and her family deal with the long ago tragedy. Leah's interjections into the plot are reminiscences of their childhood and sometimes present observations, as if she's an invisible fly on the wall. A clever and interesting addition to the story, Leah will help draw readers' perception of Maggie.

As Maggie struggles with grief and guilt over the event that further tore her family apart she begins to follow a destructive path. She's very naive in this regard, as if she recognizes that she's headed on a wrong course, but lets her low self-worth mean that it's all okay. Sometimes it's hard for even the reader to figure Maggie out, she shuts us out just as effectively as she shuts out her friends. Ultimately, though, her story shows its heartbreaking reality.

Baskin's soft writing style takes the edge off any extreme emotions, but carries them into the hearts of readers. Surfacing will strike chords in readers young and old!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780763649081
Author:
Baskin, Nora Raleigh
Publisher:
Candlewick Press (MA)
Author:
Raleigh Baskin, Nora
Subject:
Children s-Sports Fiction-Water Sports
Subject:
Water Sports
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Publication Date:
20130331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8 x 5.48 x 0.74 in 0.685 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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Product details 208 pages Candlewick Press (MA) - English 9780763649081 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "From the perspective of sophomore Maggie Paris — with occasional interludes from the spirit of her sister, Leah, who drowned at age nine — Baskin (All We Know of Love) writes an unsettling novel that shows the impact of guilt and childhood trauma. Maggie is an excellent swimmer, a top contender on her school's team, and people she barely knows tend to confide in her ('Maggie knew, even if no one else understood, that this kind of intimacy made people resent her'). Haunted by regret over not being able to save Leah's life, Maggie feels distant from others and is reluctant to build a solid relationship with a boy who is interested in her. Maggie is a sympathetic, psychologically complex heroine; her self-destructive impulses, coupled with recurring reminders of loss and death (including flashbacks to her sister's accident), create a bleak atmosphere. The passages from Maggie's sister, presented as a collection of memories, cast the family's vision of Leah in an intriguing new light, but are only peripherally related to Maggie's immediate concerns. Ages 14 — up. Agent: Nancy Gallt Literary Agency." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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