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Chasing at the Surface

Chasing at the Surface

by Sharon Mentyka

Sometimes finding your way home takes more than courage.
It takes a leap of faith.

Inspired by an actual event, CHASING AT THE SURFACE is the story of a young girl’s courage and the healing power of nature. After her mother unexpectedly leaves home, 12-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 entrapped in the enclosed inlet near her Northwest home.

Can Marisa find a way to free the whales even if it means facing the secrets in her mother’s past? Her journey brings her to a new understanding of courage, the assaults humans have had on nature, and the complicated meaning of home and family.

Ages: 7-12
ISBN: 9781943328604
Price: $12.99
Published by: Graphic Arts Books


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