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May 15 2012

Dark water by Cindy Jefferies

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Wired up series. A and C Black, 2012. ISBN 9781408156513.
(Age: 15+) Sarah is working hard to earn selection in the Olympic synchronised swimming team. It means she has a very challenging training schedule which involves practice in the pool every morning and work outs in the gym every afternoon. Despite working hard to achieve her goal, Sarah doesn't tell the other kids at school what she does. She thinks they will tease her.
Sarah is shy but she catches the eye of Tom, a boy from school. He doesn't make fun of her shy demeanour like some kids. One day, Tom and Sarah decide to join some class mates on a picnic. Unfortunately, someone brings alcohol and before long things start to get out of hand. Sarah is forced to take centre stage.
This is a very short chapter book with large writing and black and white illustrations. It is recommended by Catch Up, an organisation that aims to tackle literacy and numeracy problems that result in under achievement. It is a simple story but the subject matter is relevant for older teens.
It is a good book for those who struggle to read because it is an enjoyable story and the size of the book is not overwhelming.
Tina Cain

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