Sink or Swim

  • Pages:112
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:trans youth, adventure, survival story, anxiety, growth mindset
  • Pub Date:08/17/2021
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
  • Fry Level:3.3
  • Lexile:HL640L
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Bruised and battling hypothermia, Bass and Rosie must seek shelter and work together to survive until they can be rescued. If they can be rescued.

Sixteen-year-old shy, socially awkward trans teen Bass reluctantly skips school and goes on a boat trip with his adventure-seeking girlfriend, Rosie. When a sudden storm smashes their boat on a rocky shore off a deserted island, Bass and Rosie struggle to make it to safety. After a horrible night, Rosie, an experienced climber, decides to scale a steep cliff to find help. She falls and injures herself badly. Now Bass has to find the strength and courage to swim around a dangerous headland and make his way back to civilization before it’s too late.

“Readers looking for a fast-paced and exciting perilous romance will come away satisfied.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Recommended to readers who enjoy realistic fiction…LGBTQ+ students, especially those who identify as trans, may see themselves reflected in the characters. Recommended.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection   | 2021  |  Commended
BC Books for BC Schools   | 2021  |  Commended
CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection   | 2022  |  Commended
YALSA Quick Picks   | 2022  |  Commended