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This heartfelt summer story paints a stunning portrait of the bond of siblings and the love we’ll always carry with us.

Bex and Davey’s summer in the saltmarsh is different this year, thanks to the record-breaking drought. Even the fish seem listless—and each day the water level lowers farther. When they discover a mysterious underwater statue, they’re thrilled at the chance to solve the puzzle of its origin. But when they learn of a development plan that will destroy their beloved marsh, they need to act quickly.


Unfortunately, sometimes progress happens whether you’re ready or not.


What will it mean if Bex and Davey lose their corner of the marsh where otters frolic and dragonflies buzz—their favorite place to be siblings together? 

Award-winning author Gillian McDunn crafts a gorgeous story of love and siblinghood, of secret statues and island life, of holding on and letting go.

Age range: 8-13

Grade level: 3-8

Hardcover: 214 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

ISBN-10: 1547610859

ISBN-13: 978-1547610853

Art by Yaoyao Ma Van As,

design by Jeanette Levy

Release date: February 28, 2023

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection

Kids Indie Next List Pick, March/April 2023

Amazon Best Books March 2023

Amazon Editors' Pick

★ Booklist, starred review

★ Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review

Southern Book Prize Finalist

New York Times for Kids "Year of Books" selection

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