Two children and a cat, playing on a crate they have found, are ought by a current and carried out to sea--from the author of Little Brother (p. 48). In a tense narrative, Baillie convincingly conveys Flynn's terror and desperation as he loses sight of land, as well as his developing sense of responsibility for Sally (5), the sister he's always considered a burden. Two nights adrift, Flynn has time to recall incidents that have shaped his life--the time he bravely climbed a tall tree and then fell into a swimming hole and nearly drowned; the helpless feeling as he stood watching his parents battle a house-threatening fire; the way he once saved Sally from being run over by a bicyclist. Meanwhile, he cobbles together a sail, keeps Sally calm, and rescues her when a storm washes them over a reef. The same storm finally blows them ashore, and Flynn steps onto dry land with a new, hard-won confidence. Based on a true incident, set in Australia, and published there in 1984: a swift-paced survival adventure that'll hold readers to the end.