A Crack in the Sea

A Crack in the Sea

Book - 2018/01
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An enchanting historical fantasy adventure perfect for fans of Thanhha Lai's Newbery Honor-winning Inside Out and Back Again

No one comes to the Second World on purpose. The doorway between worlds opens only when least expected. The Raft King is desperate to change that by finding the doorway that will finally take him and the people of Raftworld back home. To do it, he needs Pip, a young boy with an incredible gift--he can speak to fish; and the Raft King is not above kidnapping to get what he wants. Pip's sister Kinchen, though, is determined to rescue her brother and foil the Raft King's plans.

This is but the first of three extraordinary stories that collide on the high seas of the Second World. The second story takes us back to the beginning: Venus and Swimmer are twins captured aboard a slave ship bound for Jamaica in 1781. They save themselves and others from a life of enslavement with a risky, magical plan--one that leads them from the shark-infested waters of the first world to the second. Pip and Kinchen will hear all about them before their own story is said and done. So will Thanh and his sister Sang, who we meet in 1978 on a small boat as they try to escape post-war Vietnam. But after a storm and a pirate attack, they're not sure they'll ever see shore again. What brings these three sets of siblings together on an adventure of a lifetime is a little magic, helpful sea monsters and that very special portal, A Crack in the Sea.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Puffin 2018/01
ISBN: 9780399545214
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER


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Oct 01, 2017

I really appreciated this story, the relationships, the feeling, the details, but I wish its construction were just a bit more straightforward. I don't think I could have untangled it when I was in elementary school.

Jul 30, 2017

Great story - SO creatively connected! May be a little hard for younger children to follow, as the parts of story hop around and come together in the end. Triggers thoughtfulness and pondering over the author's intent behind this story. Will read other book by this author.

May 17, 2017

There is a doorway that sometimes opens up in the sea between our world and a second realm. At various times people with special abilities have been able to go through the doorway and bring companions with them. There are now two settlements in the second world, the Islanders who live on the one small island and the Raftworld people who roam the sea on their giant floating raft, endlessly looking for the doorway to go back to the first world. Some of the people have special abilities to walk and breath underwater or even talk to fish. But does everyone want to go back and are people required to use their gifts to help the king if they do not choose to? What lengths will the king go to and what are his real motives? Would work well as a book club pick with many interesting themes to discuss including family relationships, racism, disabilities vs gifts, government and civic responsibility. Excellent fantasy novel for 5 or 6th grade and up. Would be great for teens too.

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