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Review of Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea

Secret Sisters of the Salty Sea
by Lynne Rae Perkins; illus. by the creator
Intermediate   Greenwillow    227 pp.    g
5/18    978-Zero-06-249966-Zero    $16.99
e-book ed.  978-Zero-06-249968-Four    $9.99

Halfway by this episodic story of a household seaside trip, essential character Alix and her mom go to a craft retailer. They’re each charmed by the mannequin practice surroundings, the tiny cows and timber. This scene, involving wanting with nice focus and pleasure at one thing small, is emblematic of the story as an entire. In each episode — an evening swim, a June-bug assault, a beach-glass-collecting expedition, a go to to a raptor sanctuary — Perkins zooms in. Not solely can we style the salty crunch of deep-fried periwinkles and listen to the particular sound of a flat tire however we get to know the characters in an intimate approach. “‘Look,’ mentioned Mother pointing. ‘There’s your dad. You know the way I do know it’s him?…Due to how he walks…It’s a bit of bit bouncy. As if any minute, he’s gong to run up the courtroom and shoot a basket.’” Older sister Jools feels “crabby” and wallows in her points, together with “latest complaints and long-ago grievances and annoying issues that may occur sooner or later.” Barely odd phrases really feel precisely proper. The swelling sea “rumples”; the campfire flames “wobble”; caught in a crowd, the household “shuffled of their huddle by the hubbub.” Black-and-white illustrations — superbly composed, barely mysterious, gently humorous — add to the depth and authenticity.

From the Could/June 2018 challenge of The Horn Ebook Journal: Particular Problem: Making a Distinction.

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