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Contributor(s): Griffin, Paul
ISBN: 133809551X     ISBN-13: 9781338095517
Publisher: Scholastic Pr
    OUR PRICE: $11.99  
Product Type: Paperback
Published: March 2017
Annotation: Summer employees Mike and Matt accept the invitation of three girls to a Hampton mansion where they all decide to sail out into the ocean in a small boat, but after they become lost at sea, the only way for them to survive is to work together.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Sailing; Fiction.
Survival at sea; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017013084
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 8.00" H x 5.25" W x 0.55" (0.44 lbs) 228 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 175272
Reading Level: 4.1   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 7.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q66035
Reading Level: 4.3   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 13.0
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Contributor Bio(s):
Paul Griffin is the acclaimed author of several novels for young adults: Ten Mile River, The Orange Houses, Stay With Me, Burning Blue, and Adrift. His middle-grade novel, When Friendship Followed Me Home, was an Amazon Best Childrens Book of 2016 and a New York Times Editors Choice. Paul lives in Manhattan with several maniac dogs and one very patient wife. He can be found online at

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2016 Spring)
Matt and John meet wealthy Portuguese teens Driana, Stef, and JoJo in Montauk. Stef impulsively decides on a little midnight windsurfing; the others borrow a poorly maintained motorboat to bring her back to shore. A string of mishaps turns this into a marine variant on the classic wilderness survival adventure. As tensions rise, the teens' backstories are seamlessly woven into the plot.

Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2015 #4)
Narrator Matt and his friend John have left their native Queens to take summer jobs in Montauk on the easternmost tip of Long Island. There they meet a trio of wealthy Portuguese teens -- Driana; her cousin, Stef; and Stef's boyfriend, JoJo -- and attend a party with them. When Stef impulsively decides on a little midnight windsurfing, the others borrow a neighbor's ill-equipped and poorly maintained motorboat in order to bring her back to shore, leading to a string of mishaps that turn this into a marine variant on the classic wilderness survival adventure. The teens brave medical emergencies, shark attacks, the scorching-hot sun, and the monster waves of a tropical storm. They also must stave off hunger and thirst, and as tensions naturally rise among the group members, the exposition of their backstories is seamlessly woven into the plot. If the resolution isn't quite as satisfying as one might hope -- it's hard not to want to see the romance between Matt and Dri in full flower -- it's also realistic that the trauma of the ordeal has taken a toll on the relationships among its survivors. jonathan hun Copyright 2014 Horn Book Magazine.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2015 May #1)

In a terrifying survival story in which past traumas are as visceral and intense as present circumstances, five teenagers try to stay alive after becoming lost off the Atlantic coast. Raised in a blue-collar neighborhood in Queens, friends Matt and John are working in Montauk, N.Y., for the summer when they meet 17-year-old Driana Gonzaga, her Brazilian cousin Estefania, and Estefania's boyfriend, João. After Estefania attempts some daring night surfing, the other teenagers attempt to rescue her in a small, ill-equipped boat; engine problems soon strand them. Griffin (Burning Blue) gives his characters just enough know-how to keep them from being completely helpless, but the situation is clearly beyond their control. Police emails and other communications provide brief respites from the rapidly degrading situation on the boat. Profound moments such as when Matt realizes that the "cruel" sun "was just being what it was. A mindless, merciless star that would shine on whatever got in its way" will haunt readers as much as the lethal injuries, worsening weather, class friction, and psychological instability the teenagers face. Ages 12–up. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (July)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2015 April)

Gr 9 Up—Matt and his childhood friend John have summer jobs in the Hamptons before their last year of high school. The summer has gone well, and there are only a few weeks left before school starts again. Matt will return to the selective public school in Manhattan that he has attended since freshman year, and John to the neighborhood public school. Matt hopes to get into Yale, where he wants to major in forestry so he can man a solitary outpost away from people. John wants to get his certification as an electrician like his father. Hoping to make some extra money on their day off, the boys take a couple coolers and fill them with sodas and ice cream bars and head to the beach. They meet Driana, João, and Estefania. What should have been a brief and anonymous exchange alters their lives when Driana invites them to a party she's having. Estefania decides to go out surfing at midnight and thus begins a tragic series of events. Clues about the characters are revealed in a leisurely manner, leaving readers to guess about their true intentions. This contrasts with the rapidity in which the plot progresses, evidenced by Matt's immediate willingness to help people he met only a short time before. VERDICT Recommend to teens who enjoyed Matt de la Peña's The Living (Delacorte, 2013) and other survival stories.—Suanne B. Roush, formerly at Osceola High School, Seminole, FL

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