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by Erica Magnus,V. M. Caldwell

While spending the summer with her new siblings and cousins at their grandmother's house by the ocean, Elizabeth begins to feel that she belongs to her adoptive family. Simultaneous.
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ISBN: 1571316299
ISBN13: 978-1571316295
Category: Teen
Subcategory: Literature & Fiction
Author: Erica Magnus,V. M. Caldwell
Language: English
Publisher: Milkweed Editions (April 1, 2001)
Pages: 311 pages
ePUB size: 1144 kb
FB2 size: 1930 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 261
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Of course, this review is based mostly on my reading of her first book "The Ocean Within". This is throughly a good book, has an interesting plot, and is very descriptive. There were just a few things that I found slightly annoying: Caldwell's tendency to backtrack and cover material missed in the first book (it happened a lot) and the way she veered off on something seemingingly irrevelent to what you were reading--and then you had to read the paragraph before that puzzling passage four times to understand what she meant (exactly like this statement). Other than that, Caldwell's work was beautiful. She knew what she was doing--she stuck with her story all the way through, and Elizabeth's character was cleverly brought out. I expect I'll be reading more from her. Keep up the good work!
Although this sequel was eagerly awaited, it did not live up to its expectations. 'The Ocean Within" chronicled real human emotion, but Tides existed merely to point out that families break up. Caldwell failed to portray her characters as realistically as in the prequel, and was often sidetracked by her theme of environmental conservation. All of this detracted from the substance of the book. However, I'm sure we can expect better works from this author in the future.
This sequel to The Ocean Within is compelling reading. The teen-aged drama that rocks an entire family is tackled with keen understanding. Caldwell brings us to the centre of the Sheridan tribe through the eyes of the Elizabeth, herself a new arrival to the group. Adam's loss of his close friends precipitates an angry, hurt, and confused withdrawal that is captured perfectly in his actions, as well as in the confusion and discord of those around him. The family storm that follows Adam's retreat is painfully realistic. While there is a tentative reconciliation at the end of the book, it is neither facile nor sentimental. It rings true to life, concluding the story on a positive and credible note.