DREAMS BEYOND THE SHORE by Tamika Gibson
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DREAMS BEYOND THE SHORE

Age Range: 13 - 17
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Chelsea Marchand does not care about politics, law, or Oxford University.

This is an unfortunate circumstance, given that her father, Dr. Peter Marchand, is running for prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago and would like her to study law in England. Chelsea wants to pursue her dreams at the Writers’ Corner at Georgetown University, not shuffle along her father’s campaign trail. A chance meeting while waiting for test-prep classes at the Clark Centre introduces Chelsea to Kyron Grant, a handsome student footballer. Kyron understands living with a difficult father. Although his father is not physically present, Grafton Walters’ influence fills every space in his home. The two cultivate a friendship, on the edge of something more, when the sudden, gruesome murder of one of Walters’ employees uncovers family secrets for both Kyron and Chelsea. The future of their relationship unclear, Kyron and Chelsea search for an escape from the sins of their fathers. Gibson’s debut effortlessly captivates. The characters saunter in and out of focus like a well-choreographed dance, Chelsea and Kyron alternating narration in vivid, distinctive voices. None take up more time than necessary, and all shine in their moments. Scenes between Kyron and his father are especially compelling. The island dialect gives the story a tangible dimension; the smell of sea breeze is almost palpable.

A beautiful, gently woven reflection on family, choices, and the power of perception. (Fiction. 13-17)

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 2017
ISBN: 978-976-8267-06-1
Page count: 190pp
Publisher: Blouse & Skirt Books
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2017




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