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Fiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 128
Themes: adventure, kayaking, family
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/04/2012
Fry Reading Level: 2.0
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Fourteen-year-old Maya sneaks out in her kayak before breakfast every day to check on a family of sea otters living in nearby Riley Bay. It's hard being an animal lover in a fishing family. The animals Maya loves threaten her family's livelihood, and Maya doesn't know if she can trust her family not to hurt them. She is determined to protect the sea otters, even if it means checking on them for the rest of her life. One morning, Maya discovers she's being watched. Who is it and what are they doing? Soon Maya has to trust someone as she gets caught in a dangerous race to save the sea otters—and her family's livelihood—from poachers.

Southwest Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group - May 24, 2012
"This quick read for grades 7-10 has a strong female main character, and her storyline will hold readers' attention...The suspense will keep readers reading till the end. This is a good addition for libraries looking for high-interest easy reading books."
Resource Links - April 1, 2012
"Features a high-energy plot rendered in accessible language...The narration is richly descriptive, so strongly visual readers will follow the story easily, and the breath-taking races and chase scenes create engaging drama and suspense...Provides an accessible, relevant reading experience for its intended audience."
CM Magazine - February 17, 2012
"An interesting, nail-biting book filled with suspense, [and] an easy, quick read with no difficult words...Worth reading for entertainment and educational reasons."

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YALSA Quick Picks nominee  | 2013 | Short-listed
CCBC Best Books  | 2012 | Commended

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