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Selling Points: "Scuba diving, illegal immigrants, sabotage"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2009
Lexile Level: HL570L
Fry Reading Level: 3.2
Fiction Ages 10+
For a couple of seconds, I bucked and danced at the end of my line. I was like a rag doll shaken by a giant.
Was it a great white shark, twisting and turning me from side to side, like a bulldog with a rat in its jaws?
I couldn't see what was happening. It was dark, and air bubbles kept exploding around my face mask.
Don't panic! I told myself. Don't panic!
I tried to think it through. I didn't feel razor-sharp teeth cutting through my wet suit. So it wasn't a shark.
Don't panic. Don't panic.
Ian has been going to Key West every summer for years, helping his Uncle Gord at his dive shop and spending as much time as he can underwater. When he's not diving, he's admiring Sherri, the girl who works at the dive shop, and wondering how she would feel if he told her that he tastes blackberries whenever he sees her. A series of accidents leads Ian to believe that his uncle is in grave danger, but the truth is more complicated and terrifying than he could ever have imagined.
CM Magazine - September 18, 2009
"Takes the reader into an exciting and fast-paced world of deep sea diving, treasure hunting, attempted murder and cover-up…Part of the 'Orca Sports' series, Absolute Pressure will provide teachers with a read-aloud that will capture the imagination of boys while holding appeal for a general younger teen audience…Recommended."
Resource Links - June 1, 2009
"Students who are looking for something action-packed to read will find this book full of continual action and suspense...A good book to have in a Junior High reading library."
Junior Library Guild Selection, commended
Golden Eagle Children's Choice finalist, short-listed
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