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Fiction Ages 12+
Pages: 176
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: 01/Sep/2010
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Fourteen-year-old Libby didn't want to go on a year long sailing adventure with her mother and her stepfather, Duncan, and she isn't about to let them forget it. Traveling through the Red Sea, Libby causes them to be late and make a dangerous crossing alone. When modern-day pirates attack, Duncan is killed and Libby's mother is left seriously injured and unconscious. Libby is left alone on a crippled boat to find safety and help for her mother. Libby must call on all her strength and face some hard truths about herself if she is to survive and reach land. A thrilling tale of one girl's struggle for survival against the elements and her inner demons, Red Sea is adventure writing at its best.

2006 New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age list
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Packed with attitude and action, this is an adventure YA's will rip right through."
"...sure to become a staple in booktalks and a favorite of adventure readers."
"An absolute page-turner."
Puget Sound Council
"A suspense filled tale of survival and coming of age for one 14 year old named Libby. [The elements] ring amazingly true and are told with sensitivity and emotional depth. Lib’s story is one you’re not likely to forget."


ALA Best Books for Young Adults  | 2006 | Commended
Arthur Ellis Award nominee  | 2006 | Short-listed
CCBC Our Choice starred selection  | 2006 | Commended
New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age  | 2006 | Commended
Stellar Award  | 2007 | Winner
Tayshas List  | 2007 | Commended