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
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