Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Sinking Deeper: Or My Questionable (Possibly Heroic) Decision to Invent a Sea Monster by Steve Vernon
Publisher: Nimbus Publishing
Publish Date: Sept. 1, 2011
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
The story takes place in Deeper Harbour, a town in Nova Scotia. For those geographically challenged, that's in Canada.
Fourteen year old Roland MacTavish lives there with his separated parents: his dad is the police chief and his mom is the mayor. Must make for interesting town meetings, eh?
Roland's best friends are his grandfather, Angus and Dulsie, a girl that paints tattoos on every day. Angus is hilarious with his sayings and hi-jinks. He's one of the best parts of the book. Dulsie has her own style and attitude. Roland treats her with affection tinged with embarrassment...kind of like a little sister.
When Roland finds out that his mom is moving him to a bigger town, he develops an idea to attract tourists to the dying town. Roland is a great character. He comes across like a fourteen year old boy - he's cocky, sarcastic, nervous...all the right things.
The plot is funny and touching. I love that Roland wants to stay badly enough to invent a sea monster!
Posted by Dawn at 9/18/2012