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WAVES by Sharon Dogar Kirkus Star


by Sharon Dogar

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: April 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-439-87180-8
Publisher: Chicken House/Scholastic

Every year, Hal’s family vacations at their summer home in Brackinton on England’s coast. However, things are different this year: His spirited older sister Charley won’t be there, and the family’s return means painfully revisiting the site of Charley’s mysterious accident, which left her comatose. From the moment Hal returns to Brackinton, Charley’s thoughts eerily start mixing with his own urging him to remember the details of her accident. With the help of Jack, Hal’s crush and the younger sister of Charley’s boyfriend, Hal learns to listen closely to Charley’s disembodied voice and to piece together memories of that fateful night until he finally understands the shocking truth behind Charley’s accident. Skillfully narrated through Hal and Charley’s alternating voices and thoughts, Dogar frequently and seamlessly shifts between time and place to create a haunting mystery packed with suffering, hope and personal growth. Riveting. (Fiction. YA)