Echoing novels like Karen Russell's Swamplandia! and Carol Rifka Brunt's Tell the Wolves i am Home, Alexandra Teague's lighthearted coming-of-age debut is ideal for somebody who is navigated the unusual seas of adolescence--and lived to inform the tale.A.Z. McKinney is at the shorelines of greatness. Now all she wishes is a boat.
When the ocean of Santiago seemed in a single day in a cow pasture in Arkansas, it appeared, to a few, a non secular miracle. yet to highschool sophomore A.Z. McKinney, it really is marked her probability to make history--as its first oceanographer. All she wishes is to get out at the water.
Her plan is simpler stated than performed, contemplating the Sea's eccentric proprietor is barely drawn to its use as a vacationer vacation spot for beachgoers and religious pilgrims. nonetheless, A.Z. is set to discover the secrets and techniques of the Sea--even if it capability smuggling saline samples in her bathing suit.
Yet whilst a adorable, conceptual artist named Kristoff strikes to city, A.Z. realizes she can have came upon a primary mate. jointly, they make a plan to construct a ship and learn the ocean in mystery. yet from combating along with her ally to looking for a tourist-terrorizing alligator (that might or is probably not a crocodile), distractions are all over. quickly, A.Z.'s desires are at risk of being dashed upon the shore of dust Beach.
With her self-determined oceanic future at the line, A.Z. reveals herself at odds with every little thing she notion she knew approximately existence, love, and the ocean. To get what she desires, she'll need to make a decision no matter if to sink or go with the flow . . . yet which one comes first?