A Crack in the Sea
A Crack in the Sea

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Annotation: Pip, a young boy who can speak to fish, and his sister Kinchen set off on a great adventure, joined by twins with magical powers, refugees fleeing post-war Vietnam, and some helpful sea monsters.
Catalog Number: #163766
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2016
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 357 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-399-54519-0 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-1623-6
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-399-54519-1 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-1623-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2016008734
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
ALA Booklist (Fri Jun 01 00:00:00 CDT 2001)
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Kirkus Reviews
Publishers Weekly
School Library Journal (Sun Jan 01 00:00:00 CST 2017)
Wilson's Junior High Catalog
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Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (page 360).
Word Count: 74,642
Reading Level: 5.1
Interest Level: 5-9
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.1 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 188257 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:4.5 / points:19.0 / quiz:Q74747
After it sighed, the bag trembled.
Kinchen reached into her vest and pulled out her knife. What kind of clockwork had the Raft King left her?
There. The bundle twitched again. She took a step to­ward it.
The sack froze. Then it shuddered another shudder, al­most as if something inside were waking up.
Something. But what?
Kinchen's heart thrummed inside her throat; she could feel it knocking like it wanted to leap out of her mouth. She shook herself. Not me, she told herself. I'm never scared.
No, she was definitely scared.
Whatever it was, she couldn't leave now, not knowing. Kinchen took a deep breath. With her knife, she cut the rope that bound the bag shut, yanked the top open, and peered inside.
It was--
A boy. Or maybe a girl--hard to tell in the dim inte­rior of the bag. Smaller than Kinchen. Dark-skinned, like Raftworld people tended to be. More than that she couldn't see. Whoever it was, he or she lay on its side, bound and gagged, peering up at her, huge brown eyes blinking rapidly in the sudden light.
The Raft King's clockwork trade was a person.

Excerpted from A Crack in the Sea by H. M. Bouwman
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An enchanting historical fantasy adventure perfect for fans of Thanhha Lai's Newbery Honor-winning Inside Out and Back Again
No one comes to the Second World on purpose. The doorway between worlds opens only when least expected. The Raft King is desperate to change that by finding the doorway that will finally take him and the people of Raftworld back home. To do it, he needs Pip, a young boy with an incredible gift—he can speak to fish; and the Raft King is not above kidnapping to get what he wants. Pip’s sister Kinchen, though, is determined to rescue her brother and foil the Raft King’s plans.
This is but the first of three extraordinary stories that collide on the high seas of the Second World. The second story takes us back to the beginning: Venus and Swimmer are twins captured aboard a slave ship bound for Jamaica in 1781. They save themselves and others from a life of enslavement with a risky, magical plan—one that leads them from the shark-infested waters of the first world to the second. Pip and Kinchen will hear all about them before their own story is said and done. So will Thanh and his sister Sang, who we meet in 1978 on a small boat as they try to escape post-war Vietnam. But after a storm and a pirate attack, they’re not sure they’ll ever see shore again. What brings these three sets of siblings together on an adventure of a lifetime is a little magic, helpful sea monsters and that very special portal, A Crack in the Sea.

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