Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Lizzy's Book Review: Dare to Swim to Dead Bone Island?


Bobby O'Malley lives in a fishing town called Seaside, and his greatest ambition is to become one of Blackbeard's Boys. All of the most noted sea captains were members of the club. The first challenge to gain initiation is a swim to the lighthouse on Dead Bone Island. Bobby risks his life to beat the dare, but the swim is hard. When Bobby is ready to give up and drown, something comes and saves him. He wakes up to find that he's been rescued by the lighthouse keeper, Mr. Higgins, who tells him that his dad, Seamus O'Malley, was one of Blackbeard's Boys too. This changes everything! Captains' blood ran in his family, plus he made the swim to Dead Bone Island. He was sure to be accepted now. When Bobby finds out that Mario, an older member of the group, has another challenge for him, he's ready, but sneaking onto Captain Bonicelli's fishing boat isn't going to be easy. Bonicelli's got a surprise on board that will shock the whole town, and Bobby is heading right for it. Will Bobby be able to sneak onto Bonicelli's boat? How dangerous is the surprise? What happens when two very different lives collide? You will have to read this ocean adventure to find out.

I enjoyed SEASIDE by Wylde Scott. The writing is fluid, and I could easy picture the scenes. It's written from two different points of view- Bobby is the human living in Seaside and Walter is an octopus that lives outside of the harbor. A terrible event that happened a long time ago connects the characters, and their stories are woven together nicely. The illustrations are unique and have an underwater quality, which I liked. I would recommend this book to kids in grade 4 and up or anyone who enjoys a good story. This is a great book to read out loud, as the character voices would be fun to imagine- for instance, Pucello, the helpful, but somewhat irritable pelican. ;)

Has anyone else read SEASIDE? Or have you read any other books by this author? We'd love to hear your thoughts.

Stop by Friday for an interview with Wylde Scott, plus a signed hardcover giveaway for SEASIDE!

Happy reading!
~ L

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37 comments:

  1. What a neat idea for a story. I haven't read any of this author's books, but this one is interesting. Thanks for the great review, Jess.

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    1. Beverly- So happy you enjoyed it. I think it is a story you will really enjoy. :)

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  2. I like the ship underwater on the cover and this sounds interesting. Nice review.

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    1. Brenda- Isn't the cover pretty? :)

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  3. Haven't read it, but it does sound interesting!

    betty

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  4. Noted. I love reading books out loud to my littles, especially the ones that have great characters.

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    1. Crystal- This would make a great read aloud. :)

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  5. It does sound fun. And I do love octopuses (octopi?) and pelicans.

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    1. Elephant's Child- Then I think you would like this one! :)

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  6. This is a great review... it sounds very interesting, something Valentina might like... xox

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    1. Launna- Thanks! It is a great book! :)

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  7. I love the storyline on this, but I think I love the cover even more!

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    1. Stephanie- I love the cover too! :)

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  8. I hadn't heard of this book. Thanks for the review. I will have to check this one out.

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    1. Rosi- Glad to put it on your radar! :)

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  9. What a great review. This sounds like a fun.

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    1. Sandra- Thanks! It is a fun book. :)

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  10. Loving the cover, loving the title, loving that this is written in part by an octopus. This like such a fun read.

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    1. Tracy- It is a very sweet book. The cover draws me in every time. :)

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  11. Hi DMS - I love the cover and the concept of the octopus outside the harbour ... should be a great read ... cheers Hilary

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  12. I am very curious how an octopus plays into things! I'm definitely going to have to check this out :)

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    1. Meradeth- You will have to read it to find out. :)

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  13. Haven't read it yet but it does sound exciting! Also, I love your post title. It really makes one curious about the book.

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    1. Thanks, Claudine! I think you would really enjoy Seaside! :)

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  14. A talking octopus. You've got to love that! Well, you know I have a fondness for odd animal characters, so this is right up my alley. Or, in my case, my swamp. Thanks for telling us about this one!

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    1. Lee- Yes, it is right up your swamp. :)

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  15. I want that book just for that cover alone. So cute.

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    1. Vanessa- I agree! The cover is fabulous! :)

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  16. I've never read this but the cover is amazing!

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    1. Kelly- I agree and it is a great book! :)

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