The sound was deafening!
The high pitched screach that only Evan can hear. The She!
The sea creature who sucks unsuspecting ships down into the ocean and eats
the crew. The She ate Evan's parents when he was only seven.
He had blocked out most of the memories but now he is remembering.
He is remembering the sound of The She. He is remembering his parents
on the ship to shore radio during their last moments. And now his
brother is trying to tell him it never happened. Emmett tells him
that his parents were killed off the coast of Florida running away from
the DEA. Drug runners? Not his parents. It is just too
much for him to believe. But is it easier than believing that the
sea witch killed his parents? And why does Grey say she has heard
The She as well? Grey, who is the most popular girl in school.
Grey, who is now in a mental institution. Will The She claim yet
Evan was only six years old
when his parents were lost at sea on a cold and rainy night. As he listened
to their hysterical Mayday calls on a ship-to-shore radio he knew there
was no way to save them and no way to explain the sickening, deafening
shrieks he heard over his mother's cries for help. Fast forward six years
and Evan has returned to his home in West Hook to search for answers to
his parents' disappearance. Were they swallowed up by “The She,” the angry
she-devil of legend that devours ships off the New Jersey coast? Evan’s
older brother doesn’t buy this hokey story and has his own theory that
their parents were involved in a drug smuggling operation. Which story
is the truth? Evan is determined to find out about their disappearance
and the god-awful scream he heard that night. (Beth McGuire, email@example.com,
Burke High School)
Evan Barrett has always believed
that his parents were killed by a howling sea monster, who he calls The
She. But, as he grows older, his philosophical brother plants doubts
in his mind: Were his parents involved in illegal drug trafficking?
Were they even really dead? Evan has clear and concise memories of
the night on which his parents were killed and some drugs at a high school
party evoke them within him. In order to put his mind at rest, he
begins to search for answers. With the help of friends and family,
Evan tries to find the truth about his parents’ death. Has everything
he has believed for over ten years been a lie? (Maggie Horton, South
Carolina Book Awards, 2006)