Interested in environmental issues? How about sea turtles? Maybe neither subject captures your imagination but if you like a good story, then you'll enjoy Elizabeth's Landing by Katy Pye. I had fun getting to know 14-year-old, aspiring photographer Elizabeth Barker as she tries to adjust to life in fictional Port Winston, Texas. I also enjoyed learning more about sea turtles, the shrimping industry, and the effects of commercial and residential development along our coastlines. This is a terrific young adult novel that's full of adventure, insight, and well-researched information. It's award-winning and G-rated too.
First Paragraph/First Chapter:
Port Winston, Texas
Saturday, April 3, 2010
"Straighten that girl out before it's too late, hear?" Grandpa's trapped Dad inside the swayback garage behind our dump of a rental house. Another one of his "I know best" lectures spews out the open window. Only this morning's gripe isn't about dragging for shrimp, Dad's landscaping job, or Mom being gone. It's about me.
I straddle my bike, bend low, and roll in close, listening for one more reason to hate this place.
Teaser (from 73% on my Kindle):
Dad steadies the boat as we ride up the wave, then dip down the other side. The sky flashes white from another lightning hit.
He's going to die. We're all going to die.
Length: 354 Pages
Amazon Link: Elizabeth's Landing
Author Website: Katy Pye
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