By Sharon Mentyka
October 4, 2016
Sometimes finding your way home takes more than courage. It takes a leap of faith.
Chasing at the Surface tells the story of a young girl’s courage and the healing power of nature. After her mother unexpectedly leaves home, twelve-year old Marisa struggles with her feelings of loss and abandonment just as a pod of nineteen orca whales―mothers with their new calves following a run of chum salmon―become trapped in the enclosed inlet near her Northwest home. Marisa’s journey to help the whales find their way home brings her to a new understanding of the assaults humans have had on nature, and the complicated meaning of family and home.
- Inspired by a true event that occurred in Dyes Inlet, Washington
- Middle reader debut packed full of action, authentic conflict and dialog, and vivid descriptions
- Includes map, Orca pod chart, and discussion questions
- Author is an excellent speaker who does school visits and has an active online presence
- Good choice for current affairs and environmental read for kids who love animals and nature
- Relevant and of interest to Pacific Northwest nature lovers of all ages
About the Author
Sharon Mentyka is a graduate of the MFA program of the Whidbey Writers Workshop and she has had stories and essays published in various literary magazines for both children and adults, including Columbia Kids, a publication of the Washington State History Museum, Soundings Review, and Cricket magazine. B in the World, an illustrated chapter book for children ages four to seven about a gender nonconforming child, was published in 2014.
Author Sharon Mentyka is offering blog interviews, guest blogs and a limited number of books for review.
Visit her online at SharonMentyka.com, and follow her on Twitter at @writerSharon.
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