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Plum-Ucci, Carol.
New York : Harcourt, 2003.
ISBN 0152168192

(3 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

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 another life?

Booktalk #2

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,, Burke High School)

Booktalk #3

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)

SUBJECTS:     Brothers -- Fiction.
                        Interpersonal relations -- Fiction.
                        Sea stories.


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